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 for humbling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Humble \Hum"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     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
              Have humbled to all strokes.          --Shak.
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              The genius which humbled six marshals of France.
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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;
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: causing awareness of your shortcomings; "golf is a
             humbling game" [syn: demeaning, humbling,
             humiliating, mortifying]

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