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modesty Syllabification: mod·es·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈmädəstē/

Definition of modesty in English:


1The quality or state of being unassuming or moderate in the estimation of one’s abilities: with typical modesty he insisted on sharing the credit with others
More example sentences
  • He had shown no false modesty about his ability to avoid the gardener.
  • He is intelligent, engaging and nimbly treads the line between humility and false modesty.
  • It's not false modesty, but the viewing nation has had three solid months of me and now they need a break.
shyness, bashfulness, self-consciousness, reserve, reticence, timidity
1.1The quality of being relatively moderate, limited, or small in amount, rate, or level: the modesty of his political aspirations
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  • At the cathedral, Paul and his wife Jenny lived in relative modesty in a part of what was originally built as the bishop's palace.
  • Is the relative modesty of the damages a reflection of the fact that the amount was determined by a judge and not by a jury?
  • His family was quite wealthy, but modesty was what they possessed in great amounts.
limited scope, moderation
1.2Behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency: modesty forbade her to undress in front of so many people
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  • ‘The idea is that your modesty in dress and behavior is a passport to public space,’ he said.
  • But faith in the classical virtues of decorum and modesty remained with him until his death.
  • ‘Since Father is unavailable that would be acceptable,’ she ducked her head in a gesture the steward took as maidenly modesty, but actually was meant to hide her smile.

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