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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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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 over 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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