Definition of modesty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒdɪsti/


[mass noun]
1The quality or state of being unassuming in the estimation of one’s abilities: with typical modesty he insisted on sharing the credit with others
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  • 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.
self-effacement, humility, lack of vanity, lack of pretension, unpretentiousness;
shyness, bashfulness, self-consciousness, reserve, reticence, timidity, meekness
2The 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, fairness, acceptability, smallness
3Behaviour, 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.
unpretentiousness, simplicity, plainness, lack of pretension, inexpensiveness, lack of extravagance
decorum, decorousness, decency, seemliness, demureness, sobriety, severity;
coyness, propriety, discreetness, delicacy, chasteness, virtue

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