Definition of Humbling

1. Adjective. Causing awareness of your shortcomings. "Golf is a humbling game"

Exact synonyms: Demeaning, Humiliating, Mortifying
Similar to: Undignified



Definition of Humbling

1. Verb. (present participle of humble) ¹

2. Noun. An event which causes humbleness; a set-down. ¹

3. Adjective. Of higher rank, status, quality, strength, etc.; inducing a feeling of inferiority. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Humbling

1. humble [v] - See also: humble

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Humbling

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Literary usage of Humbling

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1. The Works of Hannah More: With a Sketch of Her Life by Hannah More (1827)
"The reprover might even accuse the serious Christian of absurdity, should he have overheard him humbling himself for something which was obviously a virtue. ..."

2. The Works of Thomas Shepard: First Pastor of the First Church, Cambridge by Thomas Shepard (1853)
"... but also all preparing and humbling work of the law, and to make men's sinning the first foundation and ground of their believing, do therefore either ..."

3. The Crook in the Lot: Or, A Display of the Sovereignty and Wisdom of God in by Thomas Boston (1852)
"9. " In due season we shall reap, if we faint not." We are apt to weary in humbling trying circumstances, and would instantly heave up our head. John. vii. ..."

4. Rural Rides in the Counties of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hants, Berks, Oxford by William Cobbett (1908)
"America must be paid for slaves taken away in war, she must have Florida, she must go on openly and avowedly making a navy for the purpose of humbling us; ..."

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