"I am profoundly moved and humbled to be asked to take on the CEO role at this company that means so much to me," Bailey said.
No one questioned their contribution to the current frightening state of affairs, no one humbled by events.
And humbled Socialists rallied to throw support behind the conservative Chirac.
That claim crumbled as Cameron was humbled in the House of Commons.
Said Nelson, “I am blessed, inspired, and humbled every day to work alongside them and stand behind them.”
Would to heaven that it could have been otherwise—or,” he muttered, “that this pride was humbled!
I was, in truth, and not more so than deeply mortified and humbled.
The humbled country author burnt his tragedy, returned home, took to his chamber, and died of vexation and grief.
It humbled and abashed the man, and made him still more irresolute and uncertain.
A passionate burst of tears was all the reply that the humbled, but not penitent, Mabel, could make.
mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.
Don't be so humble; you're not that great. [Golda Meir]To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).
late 14c. in the intransitive sense of "to render oneself humble;" late 15c. in the transitive sense of "to lower (someone) in dignity;" see humble (adj.). Related: Humbled; humbling.