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[hyoo-mil-ee-ey-ting or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪ tɪŋ or, often, yu-/
lowering the pride, self-respect, or dignity of a person; mortifying:
Such a humiliating defeat was good for his overblown ego.
Origin of humiliating
1750-60; humiliate + -ing2
Related forms
humiliatingly, adverb
self-humiliating, adjective
unhumiliating, adjective
unhumiliatingly, adverb


[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪt or, often, yu-/
verb (used with object), humiliated, humiliating.
to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.
1525-35; < Late Latin humiliātus (past participle of humiliāre to humble), equivalent to Latin humili(s) humble + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
humiliator, noun
[hyoo-mil-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i or, often, yu-/ (Show IPA),
humiliative, adjective
rehumiliate, verb (used with object), rehumiliated, rehumiliating.
unhumiliated, adjective
dishonor, disgrace, shame; degrade, abase, debase. See humble.
exalt, honor. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for humiliating
  • If their probe did fail it would be pretty humiliating for them.
  • But my body, shivering and contracting in dangerous and humiliating ways, is unconvinced.
  • At one point, a snowman is dragged into a studio and forced to pose with kittens-while not violent, it was certainly humiliating.
  • His one and only audition proved a humiliating failure: he was dismissed as wooden and expressionless.
  • We have not freed ourselves from a primitive economic structure and humiliating dependence on raw materials.
  • Literary awards are inherently subjective, potentially corrupting, and oftentimes humiliating.
  • The quest for victory by updated armies brought a series of humiliating defeats.
  • Once a bomber has completed his declaration, it would be humiliating for him to back out of the mission.
  • The question was how to escape from this humiliating condition.
  • Thus began a cycle of vertiginous triumph followed by humiliating failure.
British Dictionary definitions for humiliating


(transitive) to lower or hurt the dignity or pride of
Derived Forms
humiliated, adjective
humiliating, adjective
humiliatingly, adverb
humiliation, noun
humiliative (hjuːˈmɪljətɪv) adjective
humiliator, noun
humiliatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin humiliāre, from Latin humilishumble
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Word Origin and History for humiliating



1530s, perhaps a back-formation from humiliation. Related: Humiliated; humiliating; humiliatingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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