Definition of humility
: freedom from pride or arrogance : the quality or state of being humble accepted the honor with humility The ordeal taught her humility.
Examples of humility in a Sentence
He accepted the honor with humility.
The ordeal taught her humility.
Recent Examples of humility from the Web
Schwarber is experiencing a thick dose of humility at the speed of a swing and miss.
Courage, humility and hope all flow from our experience of God’s tenderness toward us.
But former Governor and Congressman Mike Lowry, who died May 1 at age 78, also was remembered at a memorial service Tuesday for a humility and constant desire to deflect credit to others.
Davies, who again won gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg, conducts herself with a refreshingly genuine blend of sweetness, humility and fierce competitiveness.
There is both assuredness and humility about Lauer and Quantrill that is undoubtedly inherent but also partially owes to their experience.
BTS is taking what the Korean acts before them have built and representing the scene with humility, poise and an undeniable excitement.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) praised Tillerson for his ability to lead the world’s largest oil company, but also maintains a sense of humility.
But in its wake, the governor showed humility, renewed respect for the complexities of government and an openness to working with his opponents.
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Humility: Its Use and Meaning
Humility means “the state of being humble.” Both it and humble have their origin in the Latin word humilis, meaning "low."
Humble can be used to describe what is ranked low by others, as in "persons of humble origins." People also use the word of themselves and things associated with themselves; if you describe yourself as "but a humble editor" or refer to your home as your "humble abode," you are saying that neither you nor your home is very impressive.
Like this latter use of humble, the kind of lowness expressed in the word humility is typically one chosen by oneself. Here are some examples of humility in use:
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
— Proverbs 11:2
A sudden humility descended upon the King. He felt, as so many men were to feel in similar circumstances in ages to come, as though he were a child looking eagerly for guidance to an all-wise master—a child, moreover, handicapped by water on the brain, feet three sizes too large for him, and hands consisting mainly of thumbs.
— P. G. Wodehouse, The Clicking of Cuthbert, 1922
Eating grits and fatback for breakfast and washing up every morning in cold water from a hydrant in the backyard helped one learn humility and humanity.
— Julius Lester, Falling Pieces of Broken Sky, 1990
I realize now that she had an awareness of the nature of the order of life, and of the necessity of living with and respecting that order. With this respect comes a necessary humility that we, with our early-21st-century chutzpah, lack at our peril.
— Bill Joy, Wired, April 2000
Who has not gazed at the night sky, mouth slightly agape? The experience is so common, its effects so uniform, that a standard vocabulary has evolved to describe it. Invariably we speak of the profound humility we feel before the enormity of the universe. We are as bits of dust in a spectacle whose scope beggars the imagination, whose secrets make a mockery of reason.
— Edwin Dobb, Harper's, February 1995
If leadership has a secret sauce, it may well be humility. A humble boss understands that there are things he doesn't know. He listens: not only to the other bigwigs in Davos, but also to the kind of people who don't get invited, such as his customers.
—The Economist, 26 Jan. 2013
For many, the lowness in both humility and humble is something worth cultivating.
First Known Use of humility
HUMILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of humility for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people : the quality or state of being humble
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Definition of humility for Students
: the quality of being humble She accepted the award with humility.
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