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[hyoo-mil-ee-ey-ting or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪ tɪŋ or, often, yu-/
lowering the pride, self-respect, or dignity of a person; mortifying:
Such a humiliating defeat was good for his overblown ego.
Origin of humiliating
First recorded in 1750-60; humiliate + -ing2
Related forms
humiliatingly, adverb
self-humiliating, adjective
unhumiliating, adjective
unhumiliatingly, adverb


[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪt or, often, yu-/
verb (used with object), humiliated, humiliating.
to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.
1525-35; < Late Latin humiliātus (past participle of humiliāre “to humble”), equivalent to Latin humili(s) humble + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
humiliator, noun
[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
dishonor, disgrace, shame; degrade, abase, debase.
exalt, honor.
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Examples from the Web for humiliating
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  • This sentence was as humiliating and mortifying as anything that could be put upon him.

  • This humiliating order was obeyed, and all hands of us were called aft.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Will you never be convinced that, that; but why make this humiliating confession?

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Flight was humiliating and dreadful, but to remain in England was impracticable.

  • I was fronted by a fact, humiliating or not—a fact which I could not deny.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
British Dictionary definitions for humiliating


(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 humiliating



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

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