humiliation Definition

  • 1the feeling of being ashamed or losing respect or dignity
  • 2the act of causing someone to feel ashamed or lose respect or dignity

Using humiliation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "humiliation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He suffered the humiliation of being fired in front of his colleagues.

  • Example

    The team's defeat was a great humiliation for them.

  • Example

    She felt a deep sense of humiliation when her mistake was pointed out in public.

humiliation Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for humiliation

Idioms Using humiliation

  • to admit one's faults or errors and apologize humbly


    After his rude behavior towards his colleagues, he had to eat humble pie and apologize to them.

  • take the wind out of someone's sails

    to cause someone to lose confidence or enthusiasm by humiliating or embarrassing them


    The coach's harsh criticism took the wind out of the team's sails, making them feel demoralized and defeated.

  • to humiliate or criticize someone in order to make them less arrogant or overconfident


    The boss cut him down to size by pointing out his mistakes and reminding him of his place in the company.

Phrases with humiliation

  • the act of causing someone to feel ashamed or lose respect or dignity in front of others


    The teacher's scolding was a form of public humiliation that left the student feeling embarrassed and ashamed.

  • a practice in some cultures where individuals are subjected to public ridicule or shaming as part of a rite of passage or initiation ceremony


    The humiliation ritual was an important part of the tribe's initiation ceremony, symbolizing the transition from childhood to adulthood.

  • self-humiliation

    the act of causing oneself to feel ashamed or lose respect or dignity


    Her constant self-criticism and negative self-talk were forms of self-humiliation that affected her mental health.

Origins of humiliation

from Latin 'humiliatio', meaning 'a lowering'


Summary: humiliation in Brief

The term 'humiliation' [hjuːmɪliˈeɪʃ(ə)n] refers to the feeling of shame or loss of respect and dignity, or the act of causing someone to feel this way. Examples include being fired in front of colleagues or suffering a defeat. Phrases like 'public humiliation' and 'self-humiliation' describe different contexts, while idioms like 'eat humble pie' and 'cut someone down to size' illustrate the effects of humiliation.

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