[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-]
- to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.
Origin of humiliate
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dishonor, disgrace, shame; degrade, abase, debase.
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- (tr) to lower or hurt the dignity or pride of
C16: from Late Latin humiliāre, from Latin humilis humble
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Word Origin and History for humiliative
1530s, perhaps a back-formation from humiliation. Related: Humiliated; humiliating; humiliatingly.
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