Definition of humiliation in English:



  • [mass noun] The action of humiliating someone or the state of being humiliated:

    ‘they suffered the humiliation of losing in the opening round’
    ‘he fought back tears of humiliation’
    [count noun] ‘the conference decision was a humiliation for the union's executive’
    • ‘He said she had brought shame and humiliation on herself and had besmirched her good name.’
    • ‘Anything less than three years would seem a disappointment, and to go now would be a humiliation.’
    • ‘Now it seems Scotland is determined not to endure such humiliation again.’
    • ‘That was only one of the humiliations he had to endure.’
    • ‘The ones who were subjected to insults and humiliations hung their heads down in shame.’
    embarrassment, mortification, shame, indignity, ignominy, disgrace, dishonour, discomfiture, degradation, discredit, obloquy, opprobrium, loss of pride, loss of face
    affront, insult, rebuff, snub, put-down, blow to one's pride, slap in the face, smack in the face, kick in the teeth
    disesteem, reprobation, vitiation
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