"I'm just a hack," he says, sincerely, although I believe his self-effacement doubles as a cover.
This will require patience and self-effacement from a man accustomed to dominating the economic-policy discussion.
But there are times and occasions when resignation in its self-effacement resembles suicide.
She had learnt the art of self-effacement to the point of showing no trace of being there at all.
And, with her faculty for self-effacement, he knew she would not be unhappy.
Perhaps he had carried his principle of self-effacement too far.
A sunny autumn morning is exercising its genial influence, and the courage of self-effacement awakens in her.
"Just happened to think of it," said Mr. Cassidy, with a coy gesture of self-effacement.
Yet we must admit that this self-effacement had become a hindrance to their work.
Then he has a sad, comfortable glow at his own self-effacement.