humiliating; humiliated; humiliates

Humiliate means to make someone feel ashamed or stupid, often publicly. It would humiliate all but the most self-assured person to realize that everyone else in the room has noticed their fly is down.

For many, the experience of high school seems designed to humiliate teens––under the microscope of public scrutiny that is the high school community, every break up, every bad-hair day, every forgotten homework assignment humiliates kids in ways adults rarely understand.

Definitions of humiliate
  1. verb
    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    “He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss”
    synonyms: abase, chagrin, humble, mortify
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    crush, demolish, smash
    humiliate or depress completely
    degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down
    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    dehumanise, dehumanize
    deprive of human qualities
    type of:
    bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound
    hurt the feelings of
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