humiliating

adjective

hu·​mil·​i·​at·​ing hyü-ˈmi-lē-ˌā-tiŋ How to pronounce humiliating (audio)
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: extremely destructive to one's self-respect or dignity : humbling
humiliatingly adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It was born of humiliating defeat — the 1950 World Cup loss by Brazil to tiny neighbor Uruguay — and unabashed patriotism. Gabriela Sá Pessoa, Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2022 No matter how ugly a campaign had been and whether a candidate had won easily or suffered humiliating defeat, Golden Hall was virtually always part of their election night itinerary. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2022 Putin's mobilization order followed a swift Ukrainian counteroffensive that forced Moscow's retreat from broad swaths of the northeastern Kharkiv region, a humiliating defeat that highlighted blunders in Moscow's military planning. Karl Ritter And Hanna Arhirova, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2022 Putin’s mobilization order followed a swift Ukrainian counteroffensive that forced Moscow’s retreat from broad swaths of the northeastern Kharkiv region, a humiliating defeat that highlighted blunders in Moscow’s military planning. Time, 24 Sep. 2022 After Russia’s humiliating defeat around Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, in the spring, President Vladimir Putin said that capturing the Donbas, a region roughly the size of New Hampshire, would be one of the war’s primary aims. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2022 Regardless, this was a humiliating defeat and the entire staff has to be embarrassed, especially on defense. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2022 Ukraine's capture of Izyum could mark a turning point in the war, dwarfed only by Russia's humiliating defeat around Kyiv in the spring. Arkansas Online, 11 Sep. 2022 Russia’s defeat in Alaska would be as humiliating as its attack on Ukraine, occurring in only a fraction the time. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of humiliating was in 1757

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Cite this Entry

“Humiliating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humiliating. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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