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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 little bud's lesson shall teach us how sad a thing is pride, and that humility alone can bring true happiness to flower and Fairy.
as well as that which is revealed; in short, let him substitute humility for pride of reason—let him have faith, and live
Introduced with little ceremony, and advancing with fear and hesitation, and many a bow of deep humility, a tall thin old man, who, however, had lost by the habit of stooping much of his actual height, approached the lower end of the board.
The selfish sagacity of the latter, which had at first drawn Robert into the scrape, was the principal instrument of his deliverance from it; for her respectful humility, assiduous attentions, and endless flatteries, as soon as the smallest opening was given for their exercise, reconciled Mrs.
Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of humility.
People will there discuss with humility vital questions that we here think ourselves too good to touch with tongs.
No harm at all, master,' growled Hugh, with humility.
cried Bounderby, who all this time had been standing, as before, on the hearth, bursting at the very furniture of the room with explosive humility.
But still less could ye endure the spirit's humility, should it ever want to speak!
So soon as this propitiatory offering was made, he tendered it to Mahtoree, who, in affected humility, passed it to a grey-headed chief by his side.
Paul blushed in sheer humility, And cast his eyes upon the ground)
All the Masons sat down in their places, and one of them read an exhortation on the necessity of humility.