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humiliation

[hyoo-mil-ee-ey-shuh n or, often, yoo-]
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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; Middle English < Late Latin humiliātiōn- (stem of humiliātiō). See humiliate, -ion
Related formsre·hu·mil·i·a·tion, nounself-hu·mil·i·a·tion, noun

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2. degradation, dishonor. See shame.
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  • This request he intended to refuse, and enjoyed in advance the humiliation of young Rushton.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • There is no parallel in history to the humiliation they have patiently borne.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • His strongest feeling just then was one of self-reproach, mingled with humiliation.

  • The first comer utters his complaint of humiliation before him.

  • So that's what you meant when you hinted that I could spare her humiliation!

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson


Word Origin and History for 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