Definition of humiliate in English:



  • Make (someone) feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and self-respect, especially publicly.

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