Definition of self-effacing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfɪˈfeɪsɪŋ/


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.



Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfɪˈfeɪsm(ə)nt/
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.


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

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