Definition of humiliate in English:

humiliate

Line breaks: hu¦mili|ate
Pronunciation: /hjʊˈmɪlɪeɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
Make (someone) feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and pride: 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
embarrass, mortify, humble, show up, shame, make ashamed, put to shame; disgrace, discomfit, chasten, subdue, abash, abase, debase, demean, degrade, deflate, crush, quash, squash, bring down, bring low, cause to feel small, cause to lose face, make someone eat humble pie, take down a peg or two
informal put down, cut down to size, settle someone's hash
North American informal make someone eat crow
US informal own
embarrassing, mortifying, humbling, ignominious, inglorious, shaming, shameful; discreditable, undignified, discomfiting, chastening, debasing, demeaning, degrading, deflating, crushing, quashing, squashing, bringing down, bringing low
informal blush-making
rare humiliatory

Origin

mid 16th century (earlier ( late Middle English) as humiliation): from late Latin humiliat- 'made humble', from the verb humiliare, from humilis (see humble). The original meaning was 'bring low'; the current sense dates from the mid 18th century.

Derivatives

humiliator

noun
More 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.

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