One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘only a few go through the humiliation of having the bailiffs at the door’
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
rare disesteem, reprobation, vitiation
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