modesty

noun
mod·​es·​ty | \ ˈmä-də-stē How to pronounce modesty (audio) \

Definition of modesty

1 : the quality of not being too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities She accepted the award with modesty.
2 : propriety in dress, speech, or conduct The young man was known for his modesty.

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Examples of modesty in a Sentence

She accepted the award with modesty. He is known for his modesty, an uncommon characteristic for a politician. There was no false modesty in her victory speech. the modesty of her clothing
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Recent Examples on the Web Kia maintains a shred of modesty by keeping its minivan 7.7 inches shorter than the big Chevy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2022 Kia Carnival has loads of space, SUV looks — and one oddball feature (review)," 17 Apr. 2021 Kia maintains a shred of modesty by keeping its minivan 7.7 inches shorter than the big Chevy. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Maxi-van? 2022 Kia Carnival has loads of space, SUV looks — and one oddball feature," 8 Apr. 2021 Among its other attributes, Superman is shot through with a winning modesty, embodied by Reeve’s no-big-deal depiction of Superman. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every DC Comics Movie, Ranked," 22 Mar. 2021 Jeff Chu, a writer in Michigan, attended an evangelical junior high and high school that, like many similar schools, enforced strict rules for the lengths of girls’ skirts, with the goal of encouraging modesty. BostonGlobe.com, "Sexual anguish of Atlanta suspect is familiar thorn for evangelicals," 20 Mar. 2021 Adlai Stevenson could never drop his modesty while pursuing presidential power. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "If Nice Guys Finish Last, How Could Trump Have Lost?," 26 Feb. 2021 Though the director is often recognized for his bravura, his modesty—his ability to foreground his interlocutor—is perhaps one of his greatest skills as a filmmaker. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Delights of New York, Fran Lebowitz, and Martin Scorsese’s Laugh," 18 Jan. 2021 Greater modesty is not the moral Mr Biden seems to have learned from his tutelage in the last recession. The Economist, "Republicans test the precise meaning of Joe Biden’s talk of unity," 6 Feb. 2021 The late Maryland politician valued modesty and expertise. Dan Rodricks Baltimore Sun (tns), Star Tribune, "Leadership: Today's Senate needs more people of the kind Paul Sarbanes was," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of modesty

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of modesty was in 1531

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30 Apr 2021

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“Modesty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modesty. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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modesty

noun

English Language Learners Definition of modesty

: the quality of not being too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities
: the quality of behaving and especially dressing in ways that do not attract sexual attention

modesty

noun
mod·​es·​ty | \ ˈmä-də-stē How to pronounce modesty (audio) \

Kids Definition of modesty

: the quality of being decent or not boastful

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