[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

Synonyms for humiliate

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

Related Words for humiliated

embarrassed, disgraced, ashamed, abashed, mortified

Examples from the Web for humiliated

Contemporary Examples of humiliated

Historical Examples of humiliated

  • 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



(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 humiliated



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

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