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humiliation

[hyoo-mil-ee-ey-shuh n or, often, yoo-] /hyuˌmɪl iˈeɪ ʃən or, often, yu-/
noun
1.
an act or instance of humiliating or being humiliated.
2.
the state or feeling of being humiliated; mortification.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin humiliātiōn- (stem of humiliātiō). See humiliate, -ion
Related forms
rehumiliation, noun
self-humiliation, noun
Synonyms
2. degradation, dishonor. See shame.
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Examples from the web for humiliation
  • For a popular president, it was an unprecedented humiliation.
  • Surely any real smoker would happily put up with such humiliation in order to get their fix.
  • Hazing depends on inspiring fear and humiliation by making people do dangerous, physically intrusive things against their will.
  • The ruling saves the general from the humiliation of having his fingerprints and police mugshot taken.
  • One caller expressed his humiliation at being pulled off a flight.
  • It was an unlikely triumph wrested from a moment of national humiliation.
  • At last, it is possible to relive the humiliation of childhood piano lessons all over again.
  • The college president may be berated for the humiliation.
  • And negatively criticizing somebody in the spirit of humiliation is not helpful.
  • They thrive on humiliation and find truth in naïveté.
Word Origin and History for humiliation
n.

late 14c., from Late Latin humiliationem (nominative humiliatio) "humbling, humiliation," noun of action from past participle stem of humiliare "to humble," from humilis "humble" (see humble).

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