Humiliate Hu*mil"i*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Humiliated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Humiliating}.] [L. humiliatus, p. p. of humiliare. See {Humble}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

We stand humiliated rather than encouraged. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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