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hum·ble

 (hŭm′bəl)
adj. hum·bler, hum·blest
1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
2. Showing deferential or submissive respect: a humble apology.
3. Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly: a humble cottage.
tr.v. hum·bled, hum·bling, hum·bles
1. To cause to feel humble: "He was humbled by the lack of consolation in Kornblum's expression" (Michael Chabon).
2. To cause to have a lower condition or status; abase.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin humilis, low, lowly, from humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]

hum′ble·ness n.
hum′bler n.
hum′bly adv.

humble

(ˈhʌmbəl)
adj
1. conscious of one's failings
2. unpretentious; lowly: a humble cottage; my humble opinion.
3. deferential or servile
vb (tr)
4. to cause to become humble; humiliate
5. to lower in status
[C13: from Old French, from Latin humilis low, from humus the ground]
ˈhumbled adj
ˈhumbleness n
ˈhumbler n
ˈhumbling adj
ˈhumblingly adv
ˈhumbly adv

hum•ble

(ˈhʌm bəl, ˈʌm-)

adj. -bler, -blest, adj.
1. not proud or arrogant; modest.
2. low in importance, status, or condition: a humble home.
3. courteously respectful: in my humble opinion.
4. insignificant; inferior; submissive: to feel humble in the presence of a great artist.
v.t.
5. to lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase; mortify.
6. to destroy the independence or will of; subdue.
7. to make meek: to humble one's heart.
[1200–50; Middle English (h)umble < Old French < Latin humilis low, lowly, akin to humus ground]
hum′ble•ness, n.
hum′bler, n.
hum′bling•ly, adv.
hum′bly, adv.
syn: humble, degrade, humiliate suggest a lowering in self-respect or in the estimation of others. humble most often refers to a lowering of pride or arrogance, but may refer to a lessening of power or importance: humbled by failure; to humble an enemy. degrade literally means to demote in rank or standing, but commonly refers to a bringing into dishonor or contempt: You degrade yourself by cheating. To humiliate is to make another feel inadequate or unworthy, esp. in a public setting: humiliated by criticism.

humble


Past participle: humbled
Gerund: humbling

Imperative
humble
humble
Present
I humble
you humble
he/she/it humbles
we humble
you humble
they humble
Preterite
I humbled
you humbled
he/she/it humbled
we humbled
you humbled
they humbled
Present Continuous
I am humbling
you are humbling
he/she/it is humbling
we are humbling
you are humbling
they are humbling
Present Perfect
I have humbled
you have humbled
he/she/it has humbled
we have humbled
you have humbled
they have humbled
Past Continuous
I was humbling
you were humbling
he/she/it was humbling
we were humbling
you were humbling
they were humbling
Past Perfect
I had humbled
you had humbled
he/she/it had humbled
we had humbled
you had humbled
they had humbled
Future
I will humble
you will humble
he/she/it will humble
we will humble
you will humble
they will humble
Future Perfect
I will have humbled
you will have humbled
he/she/it will have humbled
we will have humbled
you will have humbled
they will have humbled
Future Continuous
I will be humbling
you will be humbling
he/she/it will be humbling
we will be humbling
you will be humbling
they will be humbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been humbling
you have been humbling
he/she/it has been humbling
we have been humbling
you have been humbling
they have been humbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been humbling
you will have been humbling
he/she/it will have been humbling
we will have been humbling
you will have been humbling
they will have been humbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been humbling
you had been humbling
he/she/it had been humbling
we had been humbling
you had been humbling
they had been humbling
Conditional
I would humble
you would humble
he/she/it would humble
we would humble
you would humble
they would humble
Past Conditional
I would have humbled
you would have humbled
he/she/it would have humbled
we would have humbled
you would have humbled
they would have humbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.humble - cause to be unpretentious; "This experience will humble him"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
efface - make inconspicuous; "efface oneself"
2.humble - cause to feel shamehumble - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
spite, wound, bruise, injure, offend, hurt - hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"
demolish, smash, crush - humiliate or depress completely; "She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation"; "The death of her son smashed her"
demean, disgrace, degrade, take down, put down - reduce in worth or character, usually verbally; "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"; "His critics took him down after the lecture"
Adj.1.humble - low or inferior in station or qualityhumble - low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"
inferior - of or characteristic of low rank or importance
2.humble - marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful; "a humble apology"; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski
modest - marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself; "a modest apartment"; "too modest to wear his medals"
proud - feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes"
3.humble - used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)humble - used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"
4.humble - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)humble - of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"

humble

adjective
3. ordinary, common, commonplace He made his own reflector from a strip of humble kitchen foil.
verb
1. humiliate, shame, disgrace, break, reduce, lower, sink, crush, put down (slang), bring down, subdue, degrade, demean, chagrin, chasten, mortify, debase, put (someone) in their place, abase, take down a peg (informal), abash the little car company that humbled the industry giants
humiliate raise, elevate, magnify, exalt
humble yourself humiliate yourself, grovel, eat humble pie, swallow your pride, eat crow (U.S. informal), abase yourself, go on bended knee He humbled himself and became obedient.

humble

adjective
1. Having or expressing feelings of humility:
2. Lacking high station or birth:
Archaic: base.
3. Of little distinction:
verb
To deprive of esteem, self-worth, or effectiveness:
Idioms: bring low, take down a peg.
Translations
حَقير، وضيعمُتَوَاضِعٌمُتَواضِعيُذِلُّ، يَحُطُّ من كِبْرِياء
pokornýpokořitponíženýnízký
beskedenenkelydmygydmyge
nöyrä
skromannizak
auîmÿkjalágurlítillátur, hógvær, auîmjúkur
謙虚な
겸손한
necilspazemīgspazemotvienkāršs
pokorný
poniženskromen
nizakskromanнизакскроман
ödmjuk
ถ่อมตัว
khiêm tốnkhúm núm

humble

[ˈhʌmbl]
A. ADJ (humbler (compar) (humblest (superl)))
1. (= unassuming) [person] → humilde, modesto; [apology] → humilde
she was very humble about her achievementsera muy modesta respecto a sus éxitos
my humble apologies for keeping you waiting (frm) → mis más humildes disculpas por tenerle esperando
in my humble opinionen mi humilde or modesta opinión
I am or remain your humble servant (frm) (in letters) → su humilde or seguro/a servidor(a)
2. (= lowly) [person, origins, background] → humilde; [house, home] → humilde, modesto
the humble maggotel humilde gusano
welcome to our humble abode (hum) → bienvenido a nuestra humilde morada
B. VT
1. (= make humble) → dar una lección de humildad a
Ted's words humbled meTed me dio una lección de humildad con sus palabras
it was a humbling experiencefue una lección de humildad
to humble o.s. before Godacercarse a Dios con humildad
2. (= defeat) → humillar
C. CPD humble pie N to eat humble piemorder el polvo

humble

[ˈhʌmbəl]
adj
[person] → humble
to eat humble pie → ravaler son orgueil
[background] → modeste
vtdonner une leçon à
to be humbled (= shamed) → être humilié (e)

humble

adj (+er)
(= modest) personbescheiden, demütig (esp Rel); apologydemütig; my humble apologies!ich bitte inständig um Verzeihung!; to be humble about one’s originsmit seiner Herkunft nicht angeben; to eat humble pieklein beigeben; in my humble opinionmeiner bescheidenen Meinung nach ? servant
(= lowly) curate, clerk, beginnereinfach; originsniedrig, einfach; background, beginningsbescheiden; of humble origins/birthvon niedriger Herkunft/Geburt
(= insignificant) abode, restaurant, potato, maggotbescheiden
vt (= crush)demütigen; to humble oneselfsich demütigen or erniedrigen; to be/feel humbledsich (dat)klein vorkommen, sich gedemütigt fühlen

humble

[ˈhʌmbl]
1. adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) → umile; (opinion, occupation) → modesto/a
of humble origins → di umili origini
to eat humble pie → rimangiarsi tutto
2. vtumiliare
to humble o.s. → abbassarsi, umiliarsi

humble

(ˈhambl) adjective
1. not having a high opinion of oneself etc. You have plenty of ability but you're too humble.
2. unimportant; having a low position in society etc. a man of humble origins.
verb
to make (someone) humble. He was humbled by his failure.
ˈhumbly adverb
ˈhumbleness noun

see also humility.

humble

مُتَوَاضِعٌ pokorný ydmyg bescheiden ταπεινός humilde nöyrä humble skroman umile 謙虚な 겸손한 bescheiden ydmyk skromny humilde скромный ödmjuk ถ่อมตัว alçak gönüllü khiêm tốn 谦虚的
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As she spoke, Amy showed the handsome flask which replaced the cheap one, and looked so earnest and humble in her little effort to forget herself that Meg hugged her on the spot, and Jo pronounced her `a trump', while Beth ran to the window, and picked her finest rose to ornament the stately bottle.
For a long time he had been going about feeling very humble and prayerful.
Damon, "which it doesn't usually do, being an aristocratic sort of train, not given even to hesitating at our humble little town.
She was a conceited, boastful old thing, and even misfortune could not humble her.
In this mortifying abasement, the colonists, though innocent of her imbecility, and too humble to be the agents of her blunders, were but the natural participators.
He could not help but appreciate the dramatic qualities of the situation; that the richest man in Wall Street should appear in person to plead for a humble and weaker brother.
It was a death that blasted with strange horror the humble name of the dweller in the cottage, and made it seem almost a religious act to drive the plough over the little area of his habitation, and obliterate his place and memory from among men.
It is not the least among the strange things bred by the intense artificialness of sea-usages, that while in the open air of the deck some officers will, upon provocation, bear themselves boldly and defyingly enough towards their commander; yet, ten to one, let those very officers the next moment go down to their customary dinner in that same commander's cabin, and straightway their inoffensive, not to say deprecatory and humble air towards him, as he sits at the head of the table; this is marvellous, sometimes most comical.
But most humble though he was, and far from furnishing an example of the high, humane abstraction; the Pequod's carpenter was no duplicate; hence, he now comes in person on this stage.
There was no gentleness in him, as there was in his father, but only hardness, a hard voice, a hard eye, a hard hand; and I felt from the first that what he wanted was to wear all the spirit out of me, and just make me into a quiet, humble, obedient piece of horseflesh.
Then there is Jadvyga Marcinkus, who is also beautiful, but humble.
He tries to do it; he says he'll bring me down and humble me, and he puts me to just the hardest, meanest and dirtiest work, on purpose