humiliate

verb
hu·​mil·​i·​ate | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce humiliate (audio) , yü-\
humiliated; humiliating

Definition of humiliate

transitive verb

: to reduce (someone) to a lower position in one's own eyes or others' eyes : to make (someone) ashamed or embarrassed : mortify hoped they wouldn't humiliate themselves in their next game accused her of humiliating him in public feel so humiliated

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Other Words from humiliate

humiliation \ hyü-​ˌmi-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce humiliation (audio) , yü-​ \ noun

Examples of humiliate in a Sentence

I hope I don't humiliate myself during the presentation. He accused her of trying to humiliate him in public. She was hurt and deeply humiliated by the lies he told about her.
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The Soviet Union had humiliated the United States by launching the first satellite in 1957 and then the first human into orbit in 1961. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Could the Apollo 11 moon landing be duplicated today? ‘Lots of luck with that’," 14 July 2019 The boy refuses to acknowledge that this is a culture designed to humiliate and crush African Americans. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "In Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys,' an idealistic black teen learns a harsh reality," 9 July 2019 Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was humiliated by voters, as his attempt to reverse the mayoral election in Istanbul, which his party had lost, backfired spectacularly. The Economist, "Politics this week," 29 June 2019 Real are humiliated in their own back garden by a thrilling Ajax outfit, who tear them to shreds in a 4-1 triumph. SI.com, "Lionel Messi: His 32 Greatest Moments on His 32nd Birthday," 24 June 2019 Over the last four to five years she has been humiliated in the press and shunned by many friends. oregonlive.com, "Former head of foster care agency sent to federal prison for nearly 3 years for embezzling more than $1 million," 21 June 2019 The country now feels stuck in the mud, humiliated by Brussels, and incapable of finding a way forward. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the candidates in the running to be the UK’s next prime minister," 31 May 2019 Before that, Spain were humiliated at the hands of the Netherlands in 2014 and beaten by Italy at Euro 2016 -- their winning streak but a distant memory. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Former Barça coach Enrique tasked with reviving Spain," 9 July 2018 Joe Kennedy III, the congressman and the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, has spoken of being publicly humiliated by her on his first day in her class. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of humiliate

circa 1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humiliate

Late Latin humiliatus, past participle of humiliare, from Latin humilis low — more at humble

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humiliate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of humiliate

: to make (someone) feel very ashamed or foolish

humiliate

verb
hu·​mil·​i·​ate | \ hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce humiliate (audio) , yü-\
humiliated; humiliating

Kids Definition of humiliate

: to cause (someone) to feel very ashamed or foolish My brother humiliates me with my nickname, Stinky.

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