[ hyoo-mil-ee-ey-ting or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪ tɪŋ or, often, yu- /


lowering the pride, self-respect, or dignity of a person; mortifying: Such a humiliating defeat was good for his overblown ego.

Origin of humiliating

First recorded in 1750–60; humiliate + -ing2
Related formshu·mil·i·at·ing·ly, adverbself-hu·mil·i·at·ing, adjectiveun·hu·mil·i·at·ing, adjectiveun·hu·mil·i·at·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for humiliating (2 of 2)


[ hyoo-mil-ee-eyt or, often, yoo- ]
/ hyuˈmɪl iˌeɪt or, often, yu- /

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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British Dictionary definitions for humiliating


/ (hjuːˈmɪlɪˌeɪt) /


(tr) to lower or hurt the dignity or pride of
Derived Forms

Word Origin for humiliate

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



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

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