Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Humility and humiliation

I was chatting with my colleague and happened to use "humility" and "humiliation" in one sentence, and I wondered if they were related. 

I checked the etymology of the words and found it here:
humiliation (n.)
late 14c., from Old French humiliacion (14c.) or directly from Late Latin humiliationem (nominative humiliatio) "humbling, humiliation," noun of action from past participle stem of humiliare "to humble," from humilis"humble" (see humble (adj.)).
humility (n.) 
early 14c., "quality of being humble," from Old French umelite "humility, modesty, sweetness" (Modern French humilité), from Latin humilitatem(nominative humilitas) "lowness, small stature; insignificance; baseness, littleness of mind," in Church Latin "meekness," from humilis "humble" (see humble (adj.)). In the Mercian hymns, Latin humilitatem is glossed by Old English eaðmodnisse

They seem to be related somehow, but currently one is used positively and one negatively. Was humiliation used positively back then, as in to humble oneself?

Source: www.etymonline.com

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