self-effacing


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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-effacing

adj
tending to make oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity; modest
ˌself-efˈfacingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.self-effacing - reluctant to draw attention to yourself
unassertive - inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence; "a shy unassertive person"

self-effacing

adjective
Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner:
Translations

self-effacing

[ˌselfɪˈfeɪsɪŋ] ADJmodesto, humilde

self-effacing

[ˌsɛlfɪˈfeɪsɪŋ] adjschivo/a e modesto/a
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Nay in the last 600 years whoever in religious or secular domains has ever fallen a victim to a self-inflicted, self-effacing martyr's sword to die (fade out from public gaze) without dying, only to joyfully endure unending pangs of a living martyrdom?
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