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humiliate

[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪt or, often, yu-/
verb (used with object), humiliated, humiliating.
1.
to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.
Origin of humiliate
1525-1535
1525-35; < Late Latin humiliātus (past participle of humiliāre “to humble”), equivalent to Latin humili(s) humble + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
humiliator, noun
humiliatory
[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
Synonyms
dishonor, disgrace, shame; degrade, abase, debase.
Antonyms
exalt, honor.
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Examples from the Web for humiliate
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  • For that breach of etiquette I had to humiliate you that Royal dignity might be preserved.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • The cruel heroine of his heart must ridicule and humiliate him as much as possible.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • So it has been the only square thing to do––humiliate myself into telling.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
  • That's not what I've come for, but I shall be delighted if I humiliate you a little by the way.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • Man of crushing responsibilities, you've come to humiliate me!

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for humiliate

humiliate

/hjuːˈmɪlɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(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 humiliate
v.

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

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