Definition of humiliate in US English:

humiliate

verb

[with object]
  • 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!’
    • ‘I was completely humiliated in front of people who had no right to do so.’
    • ‘‘I know,’ she said, ‘and you can't imagine how that humiliates me.’’
    • ‘The fact that you take care of me doesn't give you the right to humiliate me.’
    • ‘I have no desire to anger anyone, frustrate anyone or humiliate anyone.’
    • ‘I could sense the pleasure as they humiliated me in front of my classmates.’
    • ‘Look at the way they humiliate people going about their jobs, including women.’
    • ‘I've known my friend for a long time, but she humiliates me in front of my other friends.’
    • ‘It was just me and him there, so there was no one to humiliate me in front of.’
    • ‘There was just no way was I letting this chick humiliate me in front of my own fans.’
    • ‘Women were humiliated and brutalised as part of a campaign to demean their ethnicity.’
    • ‘If I'm out in public with a woman who is doing her best to embarrass or humiliate me, I'll walk away.’
    • ‘As far as I am aware, humiliating your colleagues in public is not the best way to foster team spirit.’
    • ‘For instance, there is one scene where the old factory worker is humiliated in front of his son by the boss.’
    • ‘She efficiently humiliates the girls, initiating a reign of abuse which gradually erodes their characters.’
    • ‘Besides, Dad will arrive, humiliate me in front of everyone there, and drag me home again.’
    • ‘They stripped him of his dignity and tried humiliating him by showing him throughout the world.’
    • ‘Ever since then he has made it his mission to embarrass and humiliate women as much as possible.’
    • ‘But that didn't give him any right to scream at me and humiliate me in front of my own friends.’
    • ‘They humiliated Brian, subjecting him to a torrent of physical and emotional abuse.’
    • ‘He humiliates Billy by making him beg for time off work.’
    embarrass, mortify, humble, show up, shame, make ashamed, put to shame
    embarrassing, mortifying, humbling, ignominious, inglorious, shaming, shameful
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

humiliate

/(h)juˈmɪliˌeɪt//(h)yo͞oˈmilēˌāt/