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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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Examples from the web for humiliate
  • Dystopian fiction attracts teenagers who feel trapped by high school's world of tests that humiliate and unnerve them.
  • Our current system seems to humiliate children who aren't gifted and they give up.
  • Most members of the hiring committee are sensitive people who are not out to humiliate you.
  • The use of technology to humiliate or intimidate a romantic partner.
  • humiliate her and have her sit in the stocks for a day or two, and then keep her on the job.
  • Cameras might make witnesses cagey, or unduly humiliate defendants.
  • They offered to take me to a private room, but declined and at that point angrily said they could humiliate me right there.
  • We felt that kids should not be humiliated, nor should they humiliate others.
  • In this film's disturbing scheme, the power to arouse and the power to humiliate go hand in hand.
  • The commanding general said the goal was not so much to humiliate those arrested, but to deter future incidents.
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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