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humble

[huhm-buhl, uhm-]
adjective, humbler, humblest.
1.
not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
2.
having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience, etc.: In the presence of so many world-famous writers I felt very humble.
3.
low in rank, importance, status, quality, etc.; lowly: of humble origin; a humble home.
4.
courteously respectful: In my humble opinion you are wrong.
5.
low in height, level, etc.; small in size: a humble member of the galaxy.
verb (used with object), humbled, humbling.
6.
to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase.
7.
to destroy the independence, power, or will of.
8.
to make meek: to humble one's heart.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English (h)umble < Old French < Latin humilis lowly, insignificant, on the ground. See humus, -ile

humbleness, noun
humbler, noun
humblingly, adverb
humbly, adverb
overhumble, adjective
overhumbleness, noun
overhumbly, adverb
quasi-humble, adjective
quasi-humbly, adverb
self-humbling, adjective
unhumble, adjective
unhumbleness, noun
unhumbly, adverb
unhumbled, adjective


1. unpretending, unpretentious. 2. submissive, meek. 3. unassuming, plain, common, poor. 4. polite. 6. 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. To degrade 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. To humiliate is to make others feel or appear inadequate or unworthy, especially in some public setting: to humiliate a sensitive person.


1, 2. proud. 3. noble, exalted. 4. rude, insolent. 6. elevate. 8. exalt.
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humble (ˈhʌmbəl)
 
adj
1.  conscious of one's failings
2.  unpretentious; lowly: a humble cottage; my humble opinion
3.  deferential or servile
 
vb
4.  to cause to become humble; humiliate
5.  to lower in status
 
[C13: from Old French, from Latin humilis low, from humus the ground]
 
'humbled
 
adj
 
'humbleness
 
n
 
'humbler
 
n
 
'humbling
 
adj
 
'humblingly
 
adv
 
'humbly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

humble
mid-13c., from O.Fr. humble, earlier humele, from L. humilis "lowly, humble," lit. "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in M.E. The verb is late 14c. in the intransitive sense of "to render oneself humble;" late 15c. in the transitive
sense of "to lower (someone) in dignity."
"Don't be so humble; you're not that great." [Golda Meir]
To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is M.E. numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article), from O.Fr. nombles "loin, fillet," from L. lumulus, dim. of lumbus "loin."
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