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modesty

[mod-uh-stee] /ˈmɒd ə sti/
noun, plural modesties.
1.
the quality of being modest; freedom from vanity, boastfulness, etc.
2.
regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
3.
simplicity; moderation.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin modestia. See modest, -y3
Related forms
overmodesty, noun
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Examples for modesty
  • Indeed, concerns about modesty can play out in unexpected ways in hospital settings.
  • His humanity, courage, his restraint and his modesty makes us also to think about the human condition.
  • Interesting comments, thank you, and refreshing to see some properly scientific thinking and modesty amongst these comments.
  • The modesty in his method is matched by a realism in his demands.
  • But talk of specific campaigns aside, false modesty or studied ennui seemed to be the theme of the day.
  • There's a modesty to the arrangement, as if the couple had decided that less doesn't have to be more.
  • The good news is that he has not been constrained by false modesty and has chosen six of his own pieces for this book.
  • Thus the parlous state of modeling and the concomitant need for modesty among those addicted to central planning.
  • Fine lace and demure cuts emphasize the overarching preference for modesty.
  • But such modesty conflicts, at times, with a need to find and advertise success stories.
British Dictionary definitions for modesty

modesty

/ˈmɒdɪstɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the quality or condition of being modest
2.
(modifier) designed to prevent inadvertent exposure of part of the body a modesty flap
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Word Origin and History for modesty
modesty
1530s, "freedom from exaggeration, self-control," from M.Fr. modestie, from L. modestia "moderation," from modestus "moderate, keeping measure, sober," from modus "measure, manner" (see mode (1)). Meaning "having a moderate opinion of oneself" is from 1550s.
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