self-effacing

adjective
self-ef·fac·ing | \ˌself-i-ˈfā-siŋ, -e-\

Definition of self-effacing 

: having or showing a tendency to make oneself modestly or shyly inconspicuous His passions and faith run soul-deep, his gentle wit is always self-effacing and never insulting …— Don Gaetz … she was an extremely self-effacing, private person who never sought the limelight and did not leave the usual artifacts that enable a biographer to reconstruct life patterns.— Douglas R. McManis

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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