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[hyoo-mil-ee-ey-shuh n or, often, yoo-]
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  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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Examples from the Web for self-humiliation

Historical Examples

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

    Alcibiades I

    (may be spurious) Plato

  • It was the self-humiliation of the government of peace before the Genius of War.

  • As he sat there by the water he touched the depths of self-humiliation.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

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

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It was a self-humiliation which a lover would have avoided at all costs, he thought.

    A Laodicean

    Thomas Hardy

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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