self-effacement

[self-i-feys-muhnt, self-]
noun
the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.

Origin:
1865–70

self-effacing, adjective
self-effacingly, adverb
self-effacingness, noun
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self-effacement
 
n
the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity

self-effacing
 
adj
tending to make oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity; modest
 
self-effacingly
 
adv

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self-effacing
1902, from self + effacing (q.v.). Self-effacement is recorded from 1866.
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Example sentences
The self-effacing but ferocious player never stands pat.
He drew with an efficient medium-weight line-not particularly bold and brash,
  but not anxious and self-effacing.
As compelling as she is on-screen, in real life she can be restrained and
  self-effacing to the point of blandness.
Though not exactly self-effacing, he is clearly more comfortable talking and
  thinking about subjects other than himself.
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