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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 of humiliation
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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  • After a brief conflict of feeling, I determined on the wiser course—that of self-humiliation as a measure of profound policy.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • self-humiliation is the first step to knowledge, even of the commonest things.

    Alcibiades I (may be spurious) Plato
  • With what self-humiliation must he not have reflected upon them in subsequent periods of his life!

  • It was the self-humiliation of the government of peace before the Genius of War.

  • I felt myself a guilty intruder in that scene of self-humiliation, penance, and prayer.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • As he sat there by the water he touched the depths of self-humiliation.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • A certain happiness fought in my mind against my shrinking from self-humiliation.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • "I am afraid you are right, Mr. Jonson," said I, in a tone of self-humiliation.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He had a stern duty of self-humiliation to perform and a once wavering integrity to redeem.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • Then my Lady knew that the time was come for her first self-humiliation.

Word Origin and History for self-humiliation

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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