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humiliate

[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-]
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verb (used with object), hu·mil·i·at·ed, hu·mil·i·at·ing.
  1. to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.

Origin of humiliate

1525–35; < Late Latin humiliātus (past participle of humiliāre “to humble”), equivalent to Latin humili(s) humble + -ātus -ate1
Related formshu·mil·i·a·tor, nounhu·mil·i·a·to·ry [hyoo-mil-ee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl i əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i or, often, yu-/, hu·mil·i·a·tive, adjectivere·hu·mil·i·ate, verb (used with object), re·hu·mil·i·at·ed, re·hu·mil·i·at·ing.un·hu·mil·i·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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dishonor, disgrace, shame; degrade, abase, debase.

Synonym study

Antonyms

exalt, honor.
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British Dictionary definitions for humiliative

humiliate

verb
  1. (tr) to lower or hurt the dignity or pride of
Derived Formshumiliated, adjectivehumiliating, adjectivehumiliatingly, adverbhumiliation, nounhumiliative (hjuːˈmɪljətɪv), adjectivehumiliator, nounhumiliatory, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin humiliāre, from Latin humilis humble
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Word Origin and History for humiliative

humiliate

v.

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

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