modesty

noun mod·es·ty \ ˈmä-də-stē \

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.

Examples of modesty in a Sentence

  1. She accepted the award with modesty.

  2. He is known for his modesty, an uncommon characteristic for a politician.

  3. There was no false modesty in her victory speech.

  4. the modesty of her clothing

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First Known Use of modesty

1531


MODESTY Defined for English Language Learners

modesty

noun

Definition of modesty for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

modesty

noun mod·es·ty \ ˈmä-də-stē \

Definition of modesty for Students

:the quality of being decent or not boastful


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