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humiliate

Syllabification: hu·mil·i·ate
Pronunciation: /(h)yo͞oˈmilēˌāt
 
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Definition of humiliate in English:

verb

[with object]
Make (someone) feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and self-respect, especially publicly: you’ll humiliate me in front of the whole school!
More example sentences
  • They stripped him of his dignity and tried humiliating him by showing him throughout the world.
  • If I'm out in public with a woman who is doing her best to embarrass or humiliate me, I'll walk away.
  • I've known my friend for a long time, but she humiliates me in front of my other friends.
Synonyms
discomfit, chasten, abash, deflate, crush, squash;
abase, debase, demean, degrade, lower;
belittle, cause to feel small, cause to lose face
informal show up, put down, cut down to size, take down (a peg or two), put someone in their place, make someone eat crow

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'bring low'): from late Latin humiliat- 'made humble', from the verb humiliare, from humilis (see humble). The current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

Derivatives

humiliator

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • But public humiliation has become taboo at work, indicting the humiliator more than the humiliated.
  • It wanted to humiliate the humiliators and to be seen to be morally in charge.
  • Mixed with distress and shame is intense rage at his humiliators.

Words that rhyme with humiliate

affiliate, ciliate, conciliate

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