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[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.
Origin of humiliate
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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  • Or would you still have kindly feelings to Germany and not want to "humiliate her."

  • For that breach of etiquette I had to humiliate you that Royal dignity might be preserved.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • It would be just like him to think that I did it to humiliate him and show myself the better pitcher!

    Frank Merriwell's Reward Burt L. Standish
  • The cruel heroine of his heart must ridicule and humiliate him as much as possible.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • He loved to humiliate those whom he had at one moment thought he might have occasion to fear.

    Cecil Rhodes Princess Catherine Radziwill
British Dictionary definitions for humiliate


(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 humiliate

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

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