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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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  • He stood balked, humiliated before this fierce paroxysmal laughter.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • It was not enough that the South was conquered, it must be humiliated by African domination!

    Reminiscences of a Rebel Wayland Fuller Dunaway
  • But this was only the bitter expression of a drunken and humiliated parent lacking divine authority.

  • He felt abashed and humiliated, very little inclined to mirth.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • He didn't like to yield and be humiliated before the man over whom he had retained so long an ascendency.

    Ben's Nugget Horatio, Jr. Alger
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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