1200–50; Middle English
< Old French
< Latin humilis
lowly, insignificant, on the ground. See humus
humbleness, nounhumbler, nounhumblingly, adverbhumbly, adverboverhumble, adjectiveoverhumbleness, nounoverhumbly, adverbquasi-humble, adjectivequasi-humbly, adverbself-humbling, adjectiveunhumble, adjectiveunhumbleness, noununhumbly, adverbunhumbled, adjective
unpretending, unpretentious. 2.
submissive, meek. 3.
unassuming, plain, common, poor. 4.
mortify, shame, abash. 7.
subdue, crush, break. Humble, degrade, humiliate
suggest lowering or causing to seem lower. To humble
is to bring down the pride of another or to reduce him or her to a state of abasement: to humble an arrogant enemy.
is to demote in rank or standing, or to reduce to a low level in dignity: to degrade an officer; to degrade oneself by lying.
is to make others feel or appear inadequate or unworthy, especially in some public setting: to humiliate a sensitive person.
noble, exalted. 4.
rude, insolent. 6.