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[hyoo-mil-ee-ey-shuh n or, often, yoo-] /hyuˌmɪl iˈeɪ ʃən or, often, yu-/
an act or instance of humiliating or being humiliated.
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 forms
rehumiliation, noun
self-humiliation, noun
2. degradation, dishonor. See shame. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After a brief conflict of feeling, I determined on the wiser course—that of self-humiliation as a measure of profound policy.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • As he sat there by the water he touched the depths of self-humiliation.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • With what self-humiliation must he not have reflected upon them in subsequent periods of his life!

  • self-humiliation is the first step to knowledge, even of the commonest things.

    Alcibiades I (may be spurious) Plato
  • I felt myself a guilty intruder in that scene of self-humiliation, penance, and prayer.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • It was the self-humiliation of the government of peace before the Genius of War.

  • A certain happiness fought in my mind against my shrinking from self-humiliation.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • "I am afraid you are right, Mr. Jonson," said I, in a tone of self-humiliation.

    Pelham, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He had a stern duty of self-humiliation to perform and a once wavering integrity to redeem.

    The Silver Poppy Arthur Stringer
  • Then my Lady knew that the time was come for her first self-humiliation.

Word Origin and History for self-humiliation



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
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