from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To lower the pride, dignity, or self-respect of. See Synonyms at degrade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To injure a person's dignity and self-respect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To reduce to a lower position in one's own eyes, or in the eyes of others; to cause a loss of pride or dignity; to humble; to mortify.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to be or appear lower or more humble; depress; especially, to abase in estimation; subject to shame or disgrace; mortify: as, to humiliate one's self by a confession; to humiliate a boaster.
  • Synonyms Debase, Degrade, etc. (see abase); mortify, shame, put to shame, put down, dishonor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of


Late Latin humiliāre, humiliāt-, to humble, from humilis, humble; see humble.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin humiliatus, past participle of humiliare ("to abase, humble"), from Latin humilis ("lowly, humble"), from humus ("ground; earth, soil"); see humble. (Wiktionary)


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