Share this entry

Share this page

self-effacing

Line breaks: self-effacing

Definition of self-effacing in English:

adjective

Not claiming attention for oneself; retiring and modest: his demeanour was self-effacing, gracious, and polite
More example sentences
  • Modest, well-mannered and self-effacing, he is someone everybody likes because he works hard at earning their trust and affection.
  • She is too modest and too self-effacing to tell the whole story, but she will, I hope, some day.
  • He is so modest and self-effacing which also makes him popular with his peers.

Derivatives

self-effacement

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Instead, such work requires and encourages proportion rather than exaggeration, information rather than provocation, accuracy rather than speculation, self-effacement rather than self-promotion.
  • Such self-effacement testifies to our diarist's ethical fortitude, but that German women should have endured such pain on behalf of German men should satisfy no one's sense of justice.
  • Yet, we can't really break the pattern of automatically deferring to experts and other people unless we become aware of the moment of self-effacement and actively replace the automatic response.

self-effacingly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • He's also willing to wax self-effacingly in interview, particularly when asked about his songwriting process.
  • He spoke sincerely, directly, self-effacingly about the nation's problems and infected the country with his constant optimism.

Words that rhyme with self-effacing

bracing, casing, facing, lacing, placing, spacing, tracing

Definition of self-effacing in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtəːpsɪkəˈriːən
adjective
relating to dancing