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[hyoo-mil-i-tee or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl ɪ ti or, often, yu-/
the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
1275-1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās. See humble, -ty2
lowliness, meekness, submissiveness.
pride. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for humility
  • 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.
  • She explained that, in the medieval era, humility was seen as a great virtue
  • He does this and more with equal parts grace, humility and intellectual rigor.
  • Your humility humbles me.
  • You need to find a good balance between self-confidence and humility.
  • What economists need most is humility.
  • Their eloquence, and humility — especially given that the members of this class of achievers is so very small — is quite moving.
British Dictionary definitions for humility


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being humble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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