humility

[hyoo-mil-i-tee or, often, yoo-]
noun
the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās. See humble, -ty2


lowliness, meekness, submissiveness.


pride.
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humility (hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
the state or quality of being humble

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Word Origin & History

humility
early 14c., from O.Fr. humilité, from L. humilitatem (nom. humilitas) "lowness, insignificance," in Church L. "meekness," from humilis "humble." In the Mercian hymns, L. humilitatem is glossed by O.E. eaðmodnisse.
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Humility definition


a prominent Christian grace (Rom. 12:3; 15:17, 18; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Pet. 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Ps. 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22). Christ has set us an example of humility (Phil. 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lam. 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honour (Prov. 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Ps. 147:6; Isa. 57:15; 66:2; 1 Pet. 5:5). It is a "great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory."

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Example sentences
Plus her humility or modesty makes her less threatening.
Modesty and humility are better off checked at the door.
It takes a lot of practice, as well as some...humility.
For someone trying to show a little humility, you sure seem quick to judge
  someone's intelligence and/or knowledge.
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