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modest

[mod-ist] /ˈmɒd ɪst/
adjective
1.
having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
2.
free from ostentation or showy extravagance:
a modest house.
3.
having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent:
a modest neckline on a dress.
4.
limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.:
a modest increase in salary.
Origin of modest
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin modestus restrained, decorous, equivalent to modes- (stem of *modus, an s-stem akin to modus mode1, perhaps < *medos, with the vowel of modus; compare moderārī to moderate, from the same noun stem) + -tus adj. suffix
Related forms
modestly, adverb
hypermodest, adjective
hypermodestly, adverb
hypermodestness, noun
overmodest, adjective
overmodestly, adverb
pseudomodest, adjective
pseudomodestly, adverb
quasi-modest, adjective
quasi-modestly, adverb
supermodest, adjective
supermodestly, adverb
unmodest, adjective
unmodestly, adverb
Synonyms
1. retiring, unassuming. 1, 2. unpretentious, unobtrusive. 3. pure, virtuous. Modest, demure, prudish imply conformity to propriety and decorum, and a distaste for anything coarse or loud. Modest implies a becoming shyness, sobriety, and proper behavior: a modest, self-respecting person. Demure implies a bashful, quiet simplicity, staidness, and decorum; but can also indicate an assumed or affected modesty: a demure young chorus girl. Prudish suggests an exaggeratedly self-conscious modesty or propriety in behavior or conversation of one who wishes to be thought of as easily shocked and who often is intolerant: a prudish objection to a harmless remark.
Antonyms
3. bold, coarse.
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  • She spoke so sensibly, so quietly, so modestly, that her offer of assistance deeply impressed me.

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  • "Perhaps you may have heard of me before," said he, modestly.

    The Three Golden Apples Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Anything in my power is at your service, Madame," modestly interposes Tom, regaining confidence.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • "I modestly but freely told him what I thought" of Paradise Lost!

  • You walk gravely, modestly; you talk low, quiet; you carry you sad (Note 1) and becomingly.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for modestly

modest

/ˈmɒdɪst/
adjective
1.
having or expressing a humble opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments or abilities
2.
reserved or shy: modest behaviour
3.
not ostentatious or pretentious
4.
not extreme or excessive; moderate
5.
decorous or decent
Derived Forms
modestly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin modestus moderate, from modusmode
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Word Origin and History for modestly

modest

adj.

1560s, "having moderate self-regard," from Middle French modeste (14c.), from Latin modestus "keeping due measure" (see modesty). Of women, "not improper or lewd," 1590s; of female attire, 1610s. Of demands, etc., c.1600. Related: Modestly.

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