self-effacing

adjective
self-ef·​fac·​ing | \ ˌself-i-ˈfā-siŋ How to pronounce self-effacing (audio) , -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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self-effacing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of self-effacing

formal : not trying to get attention or praise for yourself or your abilities

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