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[hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo-]
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verb (used with object), hu·mil·i·at·ed, hu·mil·i·at·ing.
  1. to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity; mortify.
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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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  • Thus was Turkey humiliated and Russia benefited, having obtained her demands.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • For the first time in her life she felt daunted, humiliated.


    William J. Locke

  • Angered at the situation and humiliated by what I had said, I was on the point of leaving at once.

  • She had wounded her friend and humiliated herself all for nothing!

  • It is this that has irritated and humiliated me—in fact, cut me to the quick.

British Dictionary definitions for humiliated


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

Word Origin

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



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

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