I'm looking for a transitive verb for 'feeling inferior'.


I was inferiorised by his burly figure.

Of course inferiorised is not a real word and it's just a placeholder for a word I'm looking for.

  • Patronized, perhaps. Put down, dissed.
    – Xanne
    Dec 9, 2020 at 10:08

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belittle could be an option, but that would imply that the person has the intention to make you feel inferior. However, in the context that you gave, I think intimidated is the best option:

I was intimidated by his burly figure.

  • Intimidated fits the bill.
    – piccolo
    Dec 9, 2020 at 9:59

I suggest humble, which Cambridge Dictionary defines as—

to make someone understand that they are not as important or special as they thought:

He was humbled by the child's generosity.

The world champion was humbled (= unexpectedly defeated) by an unknown outsider in last night's race.

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