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humility

[hyoo-mil-i-tee or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl ɪ ti or, often, yu-/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
Origin of humility
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās. See humble, -ty2
Synonyms
lowliness, meekness, submissiveness.
Antonyms
pride.
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  • Varney gave his largesse with an affectation of complaisance and humility.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • But this man must be secure that humility would be an ornament to him.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Yet, for all his humility, he was possessed by a spirit of egoism that repelled me.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • This thought should imbue a man of science with humility rather than with pride.

  • "The bulb was humility," she murmured over and over, under her breath.

    Jewel's Story Book Clara Louise Burnham
British Dictionary definitions for humility

humility

/hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being humble
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Word Origin and History for humility
n.

early 14c., from Old French umelite "humility, modesty, sweetness," from Latin humilitatem (nominative humilitas) "lowness, insignificance," in Church Latin "meekness," from humilis "humble" (see humble). In the Mercian hymns, Latin humilitatem is glossed by Old English eaðmodnisse.

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humility in the Bible

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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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