- to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.
Origin of humiliate
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Examples from the Web for humiliate
The same massive evidence trove body cameras create can, if used selectively, humiliate and indict average citizens.Your Arrest Video Is Going Online. Who Will See It?
September 11, 2014
More girls are reporting their boyfriends stalk them via text message or threaten to humiliate them with social media.Digital Harassment Is the New Means of Domestic Abuse
February 10, 2014
In the video, Al Sabawi, the father, tears the PA a new one for attempting to humiliate him and forgetting who the real enemy is.Hey-Hey, Ho-Ho, Mahmoud Abbas Has Got to Go
December 3, 2013
For most of them, this vote is a chance to humiliate Obama before the entire world.The Odds of War in Syria? A Lot Higher Now
August 31, 2013
A chance to humiliate him not just in front of the Fox News audience, but the entire world!Will Boehner Play Ball on Syria?
August 30, 2013
For that breach of etiquette I had to humiliate you that Royal dignity might be preserved.City of Endless Night
The cruel heroine of his heart must ridicule and humiliate him as much as possible.The Sexual Question
So it has been the only square thing to do––humiliate myself into telling.The Gorgeous Girl
That's not what I've come for, but I shall be delighted if I humiliate you a little by the way.
Man of crushing responsibilities, you've come to humiliate me!
- (tr) to lower or hurt the dignity or pride of
Word Origin and History for humiliate
1530s, perhaps a back-formation from humiliation. Related: Humiliated; humiliating; humiliatingly.