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 humiliate (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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Recent Examples on the Web Chinese Communist Party media reinforce the perception that foreign powers continue to look down on the Chinese, with the goal of continuing to humiliate them. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The lawsuit portrays Salazar as an angry control freak who was obsessed with Cain’s weight and didn’t hesitate to publicly humiliate her about it. oregonlive, 12 Oct. 2021 On at least two occasions in the past week, Kabul men have been packed into the back of a pickup, their hands tied, and were paraded around to humiliate them. Arkansas Online, 24 Sep. 2021 On at least two occasions in the last week, Kabul men have been packed into the back of a pickup truck, their hands tied, and were paraded around to humiliate them. Kathy Gannon, chicagotribune.com, 23 Sep. 2021 To her credit, Jessenia refuses to move and makes Chris humiliate himself in front of Mari and Abigail. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Nazi leaders understood this American hypocrisy and sought to humiliate and demotivate Black soldiers further by confronting them on the topic. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2021 On Friday, the Tigray Defense Forces mounted a spectacle that seemed intended to humiliate Ethiopia’s leader. New York Times, 3 July 2021 In 2019, one notorious hacking group threatened to publicly humiliate its corporate victims while demanding seven- and eight-figure ransoms. Washington Post, 9 June 2021

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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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The first known use of humiliate was circa 1534

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19 Oct 2021

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“Humiliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humiliate. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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