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self-effacement

[self-i-feys-muh nt, self-] /ˈsɛlf ɪˈfeɪs mənt, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.
Origin of self-effacement
1865-1870
1865-70
Related forms
self-effacing, adjective
self-effacingly, adverb
self-effacingness, noun
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  • Ever self-effacing, it was of her beloved banner that Joan was thinking, never of herself.

    In Chteau Land Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
  • In these self-effacing flat-fishes we know with some precision what happens.

  • To his military ability and self-effacing patriotism he added a far-seeing wisdom in council that could always be relied upon.

  • Morgan had just struck the bottom of the precipice in his wild, self-effacing dream.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • He became almost too quiet and self-effacing for a young man.

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
British Dictionary definitions for self-effacing

self-effacing

adjective
1.
tending to make oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity; modest
Derived Forms
self-effacingly, adverb

self-effacement

noun
1.
the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity
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Word Origin and History for self-effacing
adj.

1902, from self- + effacing (see efface). Self-effacement is recorded from 1866.

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