adjective, hum·bler, hum·blest.
verb (used with object), hum·bled, hum·bling.
- humbert i,
- humble pie,
- humble plant,
Origin of humble
Examples from the Web for humbling
The Humbling focuses on Simon Axler (Pacino), a veteran stage actor who loses the desire to act.Al Pacino Does What He Wants to Do: 'The Humbling,' Scorsese, and That 'Scarface' Remake|Alex Suskind|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perry called his failed 2012 bid for the GOP nomination “painful” and “humbling.”Rick Perry, Humbled by His ‘Oops,’ May Be Ready This Time|Eleanor Clift|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The messy, complex, non-linear movement of actual history, by contrast, is unsettling, humbling—even terrifying.How ‘Cosmos’ Bungles the History of Religion and Science|David Sessions|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it is a humbling reminder of how moral campaigns are actually won: with more than simple appeals to the heart.
Yet we fear to pursue this thought to its humbling conclusion.From Smarm To Snark, We’re All Soldiers In The War On Obscurity|James Poulos|December 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Exert your royal gifts in exalting only the lowly and humbling only the proud.Notes of a Son and Brother|Henry James
You won't have such another chance of humbling them both—both!Evan Harrington, Complete|George Meredith
No small part of those energies in the business district were devoted to humbling the rival, in the matter of commerce.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Surely Rosalind's depreciation of it is not real, but only assumed, for the purpose of humbling, Phebe!
He could find no method of humbling one subject grown too great, but by aggrandizing in the same excessive degree some others.
Word Origin for humble
mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.
Don't be so humble; you're not that great. [Golda Meir]
To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).
late 14c. in the intransitive sense of "to render oneself humble;" late 15c. in the transitive sense of "to lower (someone) in dignity;" see humble (adj.). Related: Humbled; humbling.
see eat crow (humble pie).