self-effacement


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self-ef·fac·ing

(sĕlf′ĭ-fā′sĭng)
adj.
Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.

self′-ef·face′ment (-fās′mənt) n.

self-effacement

n
the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity

self′-efface′ment



n.
the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.
[1865–70]
self′-effac′ing, adj.
self′-effac′ingly, adv.
self′-effac′ingness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-effacement - withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous
withdrawal - the act of withdrawing; "the withdrawal of French troops from Vietnam"

self-effacement

noun
Reserve in speech, behavior, or dress:
Translations

self-effacement

[ˌselfɪˈfeɪsmənt] Nmodestia f, humildad f
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Ward, original literary gifts, are willing to make a long act of self- denial or self-effacement [20] for the benefit of the public.
At half-past ten Tibby, with rare self-effacement, fell asleep, and Margaret was able to drive her aunt to the station.
This self-effacement in both directions had been quite in consonance with her independent character of desiring nothing by way of favour or pity to which she was not entitled on a fair consideration of her deserts.
But so aloof is he from general suspicion, so immune from criticism, so admirable in his management and self-effacement, that for those very words that you have uttered he could hale you to a court and emerge with your year's pension as a solatium for his wounded character.
The old instinct of deference and humility was there; the habit of decent self-effacement and knowledge of her "own place.
I have heard to-night similar, but even more offensive, sentiments from the person who has just sat down, and though it is a conscious effort of self-effacement to come down to that person's mental level, I will endeavor to do so, in order to allay any reasonable doubt which could possibly exist in the minds of anyone.
Though himself much more of a public man than the judge, he conveyed exactly the fine shade of self-effacement before the King's justice; and though everyone looked at him as they would at the Prime Minister or the Archbishop of Canterbury, they could have said nothing of his part in it but that it was that of a private gentleman, with an accent on the noun.
I wouldn't ever have it said that I stood in the way of a poor girl like Mattie marrying a smart fellow like Denis Eady," Zeena answered in a tone of plaintive self-effacement.
It's in the context of his extraordinary sacrifices for American workers that we can view the similar self-effacement of those at his side for instance Tom Price, the toppled secretary of health and human services, who squandered hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private charter flights.
Our age has thankfully produced its own crop of philanthropic plutocrats, but it is hard to think of any who replicate this family's fusion of cultural discernment and self-effacement.
This phenomenon is a paradox - a celebration of individuality in a culture that reveres self-effacement, an apparent architectural minimalism founded on the eye-watering waste of demolition and rebuilding each generation.
And my reluctance to cause such discomfort was compounded by the female "modesty" that had been pounded into my psyche since earliest childhood, a modesty interpreted so broadly as to merge into self-effacement.