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Make (someone) feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and pride:‘you'll humiliate me in front of the whole school!’
embarrassing, mortifying, humbling, ignominious, inglorious, shaming, shamefuldiscreditable, undignified, discomfiting, chastening, debasing, demeaning, degrading, deflating, crushing, quashing, squashing, bringing down, bringing lowblush-makingembarrass, mortify, humble, show up, shame, make ashamed, put to shamedisgrace, discomfit, chasten, subdue, abash, abase, debase, demean, degrade, deflate, crush, quash, squash, bring down, bring low, cause to feel small, cause to lose face, make someone eat humble pie, take down a peg or twoput down, cut down to size, settle someone's hashmake someone eat crowownhumiliatoryView synonyms
- ‘Ever since then he has made it his mission to embarrass and humiliate women as much as possible.’
- ‘I was completely humiliated in front of people who had no right to do so.’
- ‘I could sense the pleasure as they humiliated me in front of my classmates.’
- ‘But that didn't give him any right to scream at me and humiliate me in front of my own friends.’
- ‘She efficiently humiliates the girls, initiating a reign of abuse which gradually erodes their characters.’
- ‘I've known my friend for a long time, but she humiliates me in front of my other friends.’
- ‘The fact that you take care of me doesn't give you the right to humiliate me.’
- ‘As far as I am aware, humiliating your colleagues in public is not the best way to foster team spirit.’
- ‘If I'm out in public with a woman who is doing her best to embarrass or humiliate me, I'll walk away.’
- ‘Besides, Dad will arrive, humiliate me in front of everyone there, and drag me home again.’
- ‘There was just no way was I letting this chick humiliate me in front of my own fans.’
- ‘For instance, there is one scene where the old factory worker is humiliated in front of his son by the boss.’
- ‘‘I know,’ she said, ‘and you can't imagine how that humiliates me.’’
- ‘It was just me and him there, so there was no one to humiliate me in front of.’
- ‘They humiliated Brian, subjecting him to a torrent of physical and emotional abuse.’
- ‘They stripped him of his dignity and tried humiliating him by showing him throughout the world.’
- ‘I have no desire to anger anyone, frustrate anyone or humiliate anyone.’
- ‘Women were humiliated and brutalised as part of a campaign to demean their ethnicity.’
- ‘He humiliates Billy by making him beg for time off work.’
- ‘Look at the way they humiliate people going about their jobs, including women.’
Mid 16th century (earlier ( late Middle English) as humiliation): from late Latin humiliat- made humble, from the verb humiliare, from humilis (see humble). The original meaning was ‘bring low’; the current sense dates from the mid 18th century.
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