humbling


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Humble \Hum"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Humbling.]
   1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or
      exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate.
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            Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's
            plagues
            Have humbled to all strokes.          --Shak.
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            The genius which humbled six marshals of France.
                                                  --Macaulay.
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   2. To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or
      arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiently of; to make
      meek and submissive; -- often used rexlexively.
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            Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of
            God, that he may exalt you.           --1 Pet. v. 6.

   Syn: To abase; lower; depress; humiliate; mortify; disgrace;
        degrade.
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