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


[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.
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • Most humiliating of all was the inevitable plague of vermin.

  • Column by column she revised her figures—and made the humiliating discovery of her first mistake.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • Of all humiliating punishments, this always seemed to me to be the worst.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • 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


(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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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