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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 humiliated
  • Every three days an unlucky islander was sent packing, voted out by others and humiliated on camera.
  • Scenes embellished with abundant bloodshed show victims being humiliated, abused, and executed.
  • He recognised all his magnanimity, but he did not now feel himself humiliated by it.
  • If they know enough to answer right they will loose votes, if they purposely answer wrong, they will get humiliated.
  • We don't so much disagree with his conclusions as feel we've been unnecessarily humiliated by stereotyping innuendo.
  • Nobody likes to watch a former master get pummeled, humiliated and reduced to a punch-drunk shadow of his former self.
  • Besides grueling hours, if workers made a mistake, they were often humiliated rather than simply being reprimanded.
  • Fix your own communicatory issues to prevent being humiliated in that way.
  • The fact that the crowd of faculty members does not protest shows that the faculty crowd is a degraded and humiliated crowd.
  • Most students drop out and don't come back, and find the process humiliated.
British Dictionary definitions for humiliated


(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 humiliated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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