[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-]

verb (used with object), hu·mil·i·at·ed, hu·mil·i·at·ing.

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

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Antonyms for humiliate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humiliate

Contemporary Examples of humiliate

Historical Examples of humiliate

  • For that breach of etiquette I had to humiliate you that Royal dignity might be preserved.

  • The cruel heroine of his heart must ridicule and humiliate him as much as possible.

  • So it has been the only square thing to do––humiliate myself into telling.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley

  • That's not what I've come for, but I shall be delighted if I humiliate you a little by the way.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • Man of crushing responsibilities, you've come to humiliate me!

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for humiliate



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

Word Origin for humiliate

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

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

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