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mod·es·ty

 (mŏd′ĭ-stē)
n.
1. The state or quality of being moderate in the estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value.
2. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior: Modesty prevented her from wearing that dress.
3. The state of being unostentatious or moderate in size, quantity, or range: the modesty of the room's furnishings.

modesty

(ˈmɒdɪstɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the quality or condition of being modest
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (modifier) designed to prevent inadvertent exposure of part of the body: a modesty flap.

mod•es•ty

(ˈmɒd ə sti)

n.
1. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
2. lack of vanity.
[1525–35; < Latin modestia. See modest, -y3]

Modesty

 

See Also: MEEKNESS, PERSONAL TRAITS

  1. As humbly as a guest who knows himself too late —Hart Crane
  2. Humility is like underwear, essential but indecent if it shows —Helen Nielsen, Reader’s Digest, March, 1959
  3. If you really were a hero … you made it sound routine and unglamorous, like shrugging off a ninety-yard touchdown run as “Good luck and good blocking” —Dan Wakefield
  4. I looked as if I were trying to melt into the scenery and become invisible, like a giraffe standing motionless among sunlit leaves —Christopher Isherwood
  5. Modest as a flower —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  6. Modest as justice —William Shakespeare
  7. Modesty is like virtue; suspected only when it is advertised —Douglas Malloch
  8. Modesty like a diver gathers pearls by keeping his head low —Punch
  9. Modesty’s at times its own reward, like virtue —Lord Byron
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.modesty - freedom from vanity or conceitmodesty - freedom from vanity or conceit  
decency - the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
Grundyism, primness, prudery, prudishness - excessive or affected modesty
immodesty - the trait of being vain and conceited
2.modesty - formality and propriety of mannermodesty - formality and propriety of manner  
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
demureness - the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum

modesty

noun
2. plainness, simplicity, ordinariness, unpretentiousness, inexpensiveness The modesty of the town itself comes as a surprise.
3. decorum, virtue, decency, delicacy, propriety, sobriety, coyness, demureness, decorousness, seemliness, chasteness There were shrieks as the girls tried to protect their modesty.
Quotations
"Small is the worth"
"Of beauty from the light retir'd;"
"Bid her come forth,"
"Suffer herself to be desir'd,"
"And not blush so to be admir'd" [Edmund Waller Go Lovely Rose!]

modesty

noun
1. Lack of vanity or self-importance:
2. Reserve in speech, behavior, or dress:
3. The condition of being chaste:
Translations
تَواضُع
skromnostmírnost
beskedenhed
häveliäisyyskainoussäädyllisyysvaatimattomuus
čednostskromnost
hæverska; lítillæti
skromnost
čednostskromnostскромностчедност
alçakgönüllülük

modesty

[ˈmɒdɪstɪ] N
1. (= humbleness) → modestia f
in all modesty, I think I could do the job bettermodestamente or con toda modestia, creo yo que podría hacer mejor el trabajo
I can't tell you, modesty forbidsno puedo decírtelo, pecaría de poco modesto
see also false A3
2. (= propriety) → pudor m, recato m

modesty

[ˈmɒdɪsti] n
(= absence of pride) → modestie f
[price] → caractère m raisonnable
to protect one's modesty (= decency) → protéger sa pudeur

modesty

n
(= humbleness)Bescheidenheit f; in all modestybei aller Bescheidenheit; the modesty of the man! (iro)der ist ja überhaupt nicht von sich eingenommen! (iro inf)
(= moderation)Bescheidenheit f, → Genügsamkeit f; (of price)Mäßigkeit f
(= chasteness)Schamgefühl nt; (in behaviour) → Anstand m, → Sittsamkeit f (geh), → Züchtigkeit f (old); (in dress) → Unauffälligkeit f, → Dezentheit f

modesty

[ˈmɒdɪstɪ] nmodestia
in all modesty → in tutta modestia

modest

(ˈmodist) adjective
1. not having, or showing, too high an opinion of one's abilities etc. He's very modest about his success.
2. decent, or showing good taste; not shocking. modest clothing.
3. not very large; moderate. She's a person of modest ambitions.
ˈmodestly adverb
ˈmodesty noun