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hu·mil·i·ty

 (hyo͞o-mĭl′ĭ-tē)
n.
The quality or condition of being humble.

[Middle English humilite, from Old French, from Late Latin humilitās, from humilis, humble; see humble.]

humility

(hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
the state or quality of being humble

hu•mil•i•ty

(hyuˈmɪl ɪ ti; often yu-)

n.
the quality or state of being humble; modest opinion of one's own importance or rank; meekness.
[1275–1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās; see humble, -ty2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.humility - a disposition to be humblehumility - a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
meekness, subduedness - a disposition to be patient and long suffering
conceitedness, vanity, conceit - the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
2.humility - a humble feeling; "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
meekness, submission - the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness
self-depreciation - a feeling of being of little worth
pride, pridefulness - a feeling of self-respect and personal worth

humility

noun modesty, diffidence, meekness, submissiveness, servility, self-abasement, humbleness, lowliness, unpretentiousness, lack of pride a deep sense of humility
pride, vanity, superiority, arrogance, disdain, presumption, conceit, pomposity, pretentiousness, snobbishness, haughtiness, superciliousness
Quotations
"Humility is the first of the virtues - for other people" [Oliver Wendell Holmes The Professor at the Breakfast Table]
"One may be humble out of pride" [Montaigne Essais]
"He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted" [Friedrich Nietzsche Human, All Too Human]
"The first test of a truly great man is his humility" [John Ruskin Modern Painters]
"For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted" Bible: St. Luke

humility

noun
Lack of vanity or self-importance:
Translations
تَواضُع
pokoraskromnost
beskedenhedydmyghed
nöyryys
hógværî, auîmÿkt
謙遜
겸손
pazemībapieticība
alçak gönüllülük

humility

[hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ] Nhumildad f

humility

[hjuːˈmɪlɪti] nhumilité f

humility

nDemut f; (= unassumingness)Bescheidenheit f

humility

[hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ] numiltà

humility

(hjuˈmiləti) noun
modesty; humbleness. Despite his powerful position in the government, he was still a man of great humility.

see also humble.
References in classic literature ?
The patience and the humility of the face she loved so well was a better lesson to Jo than the wisest lecture, the sharpest reproof.
The stranger regarded his interrogator a moment in wonder; and then, losing every mark of self-satisfaction in an expression of solemn humility, he answered:
He himself, on the other hand, with characteristic humility, avowed his belief that if Providence should see fit to remove him, it would be because of his own unworthiness to perform its humblest mission here on earth.
But again he leaned over towards the people, and bowing his head lowly, with an aspect of the deepest yet manliest humility, he spake these words: Shipmates, God has laid but one hand upon you; both his hands press upon me.
To press the matter would have seemed to be doubting his word, and never in their lives had any one of them ever spoken to a person of the class called "gentleman" except with deference and humility.
It will be perceived, as has been before intimated, that Master Sam had a native talent that might, undoubtedly, have raised him to eminence in political life,--a talent of making capital out of everything that turned up, to be invested for his own especial praise and glory; and having done up his piety and humility, as he trusted, to the satisfaction of the parlor, he clapped his palm-leaf on his head, with a sort of rakish, free-and-easy air, and proceeded to the dominions of Aunt Chloe, with the intention of flourishing largely in the kitchen.
But then the Church came to the front, with an axe to grind; and she was wise, subtle, and knew more than one way to skin a cat -- or a nation; she invented "divine right of kings," and propped it all around, brick by brick, with the Beatitudes -- wrenching them from their good purpose to make them fortify an evil one; she preached (to the commoner) humility, obedience to superiors, the beauty of self-sacrifice; she preached
Chambers overstepped the line three times, and got three such convincing canings from the man who was his father and didn't know it, that he took Tom's cruelties in all humility after that, and made no more experiments.
Nothing, but that the lessons of her past folly might teach her humility and circumspection in future.
Her husband, but with great humility, did not see the force of her objection.
That sounds ill-natured: but she was so proud it became really impossible to pity her distresses, till she should be chastened into more humility.
She took the hand which Norah held out to her, and put it, in sorrow and humility, to her lips.