humiliate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v humiliate cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Humiliate 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. "We stand humiliated rather than encouraged."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • humiliate 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.
    • humiliate Synonyms Debase, Degrade, etc. (see abase); mortify, shame, put to shame, put down, dishonor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Humiliate hū-mil′i-āt to make humble: to depress: to lower in condition
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Quotations

  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
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    “Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, normal to ignore it.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.”
  • Gustave Flaubert
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    “Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.”
  • Suzanne Moarny
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    “In our extreme youth, in our most humiliating sorrow, we think we are alone. When we are older we find that others have suffered too.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. humiliatus, p. p. of humiliare,. See Humble
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. humiliāre, -ātum.

Usage

In literature:

It would save her from humiliation; and of the painful things of late Mr.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
Now he remembered, in humiliation unspeakable, in bitterness past all belief.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
Harriet felt so humiliated that she was glad they were unable to see her face.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas" by Janet Aldridge
His opponents had been overthrown and humiliated.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
Must you, sir, come to such a humiliation?
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
Georges was, at that time, in the lowest state of humiliation.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
She wished she could hit upon some way to humiliate Grace Harlowe.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
I was wanting to die ... these successive humiliations seemed too great to live through.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
O Kesava, seest thou not that the Kauravas are humiliating me.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Do not humiliate and insult others.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The prostration of France was complete, and her humiliation extreme.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
So she did not hate Lily, or fear her (though she was humiliated at that car fare!).
"The Vehement Flame" by Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
Even the most rigorous Catholics were alarmed at his assumptions, and the pope was humiliated by his haughty bearing.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Humiliating as it was to own it, he could not afford to be turned off.
"Reginald Cruden" by Talbot Baines Reed
A stormy prospect lay ahead; straits of difficulty; seas of depression; oceans of humiliation.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
It is a humiliating discovery.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
If he did he found out his mistake, for Lewis struck him down in the most unsparing and humiliating way.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
They wanted to sack you or to offer you humiliating conditions.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
He felt also the humiliation of the contrast, and was angry.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The king had accepted his own humiliation as if it had been as good as due to him.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
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In poetry:

Though in Humiliation's vale
Awhile their souls may mourn and sigh,
Soon their enraptured eyes shall hail,
From Joy's sure mount, the scenes which lie
"Life's Pilgrimage" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
"I know that yonder Pharisee
Thanks God that he is not like me;
In my humiliation dressed,
I only stand and beat my breast,
And pray for human charity.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. Interlude V. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Farewell timeless expanse of passing years!
Farewell, woman who flung your challenge steeled
Against the abyss of humiliations:
For it is I who am your battlefield!
"August" by Boris Pasternak
But, in the midst of this vain-glorious boast,
One thought humiliated all his pride:
"Where, in a hundred years, shall all this pomp,
These fleets and armies, and their master, be?
"Xerxes" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
"Too greatly have we suffered, angels and men,
In this endless war between the Worst and the Best,
Humiliated, unhappy have we been
In darkling flights by the simplest vows addressed.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
Never could spot be suited less
To bear memorials of distress;
None, cries the sage, more fit is found,
They strike at once a double wound;
Humiliation bids you sigh,
And think of immortality.
"The Banks Of Wye - Book I" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

The girl claimed the search was the "most humiliating" event of her life.
"It's humiliating for all of us," said one woman we spoke with.
Local mom accused of intricate cancer con. Alleged cancer con. "It's humiliating for all of us," said one woman we spoke with.
Tara Conner , who won the 2006 Miss USA pageant only to suffer public humiliation after it was revealed she'd tested dirty for drugs (cocaine, heroin, speed), tells the new issue of Star magazine that she's doing "wonderful" these days.
But one local couple says it turned into a dangerous and humiliating ordeal.
If you're into public humiliation and self-endangerment, keep sexting.
LeBron "Humiliated" Cleveland, Lost $1B, Says Cuban .
H aving suffered not one but several humiliating defeats on Tuesday, Republicans are in danger of embracing "comprehensive" immigration reform — which is to say, amnesty — out of panic.
As humiliating as the losses to Colorado State and Sacramento State were, at least Colorado had a chance to win those games in the fourth quarter.
Democrats Trying to 'Humiliate' GOP in Cliff Negotiations, Spouting 'Disturbing' Rhetoric.
AUSTIN — Texas' latest Red River humiliation knocked the Longhorns out of the national rankings.
In the second hour of the show Brian continues his discussion on Punishment by Humiliation .
Note to WSU's Mike Leach: Humiliation isn't motivating.
Hart Departs After Honduran Humiliation .
'Big Girl Small': Humiliation , High School Style.
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In science:

Caretakers suffer humiliation in the society for having a PWD as their child.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
PWDs are unaware of government special assistance to them and the node R3 of the range space viz., caretakers suffer humiliation in the society for having a PWD as their child give the same hidden pattern.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
He never looks in a history for anything but the stupidities that he knows already, If you try to instruct him you only humiliate him and make him angry.
Algebra versus analysis in statistical mechanics and quantum field theory
Steward graduate students were so humiliated so as not to ever return to the game of volleyball.
Superiority of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) over Steward Observatory (SO) at the University of Arizona
In addition, the above facts are buttressed by the extreme and total humiliation that Astronomy Department graduate students suffered at the hands of the Planetary Science grads on April 1, 2001 (Bieging, private communication).
Superiority of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) over Steward Observatory (SO) at the University of Arizona
Using our method, we prove a C 0 -rigidity result in the spirit of the work of Humili`ere.
The 2/3 - convergence rate for the Poisson bracket
The result of Theorem 1.2.5 is in the spirit of the work of Humili`ere [H].
The 2/3 - convergence rate for the Poisson bracket
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