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humiliating

[hyoo-mil-ee-ey-ting or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪ tɪŋ or, often, yu-/
adjective
1.
lowering the pride, self-respect, or dignity of a person; mortifying:
Such a humiliating defeat was good for his overblown ego.
Origin of humiliating
1750-1760
1750-60; humiliate + -ing2
Related forms
humiliatingly, adverb
self-humiliating, adjective
unhumiliating, adjective
unhumiliatingly, adverb

humiliate

[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪt or, often, yu-/
verb (used with object), humiliated, humiliating.
1.
to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.
Origin
1525-35; < Late Latin humiliātus (past participle of humiliāre to humble), equivalent to Latin humili(s) humble + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
humiliator, noun
humiliatory
[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
Synonyms
dishonor, disgrace, shame; degrade, abase, debase. See humble.
Antonyms
exalt, honor.
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  • Because I saw that Sir Cæsar was bent on humiliating me; and he had the power.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • I was fronted by a fact, humiliating or not—a fact which I could not deny.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Column by column she revised her figures—and made the humiliating discovery of her first mistake.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • It was a humiliating surprise for the two policemen: they felt fooled.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • Though the occurrence was a sad and humiliating one for Marty, it led to good results.

    A Missionary Twig Emma L. Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for humiliating

humiliate

/hjuːˈmɪlɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(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

humiliate

v.

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

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