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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.humbleness - the state of being humble and unimportanthumbleness - the state of being humble and unimportant
obscurity - an obscure and unimportant standing; not well known; "he worked in obscurity for many years"
2.humbleness - 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
3.humbleness - a disposition to be humblehumbleness - 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
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Lack of vanity or self-importance:
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[ˈhʌmblnɪs] Nhumildad f
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n (= modesty, insignificance)Bescheidenheit f; (= lowliness)Einfachheit f; (esp Rel: = meekness, humility) → Demut f
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(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.
to make (someone) humble. He was humbled by his failure.
ˈhumbly adverb
ˈhumbleness noun

see also humility.
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"There's nowhere for me to lie down, sir," he answered, and there was in his voice a humbleness which was very distressing.
The rigorous humbleness of poverty made itself felt in all the accessories of this household, the very air of which was charged with the stern and upright morals of the provinces.
Uriah Heap's father was a very poor judge of human nature, or he would not have told his son, as he did, that people liked humbleness. There is nothing annoys them more, as a rule.
Along with his humbleness because he knew so little, there arose a conviction of power.
As is customary with the rich, when they aim at the honors of a republic, he apologized, as it were, to the people, for his wealth, prosperity, and elevated station, by a free and hearty manner towards those who knew him; putting off the more of his dignity in due proportion with the humbleness of the man whom he saluted, and thereby proving a haughty consciousness of his advantages as irrefragably as if he had marched forth preceded by a troop of lackeys to clear the way.
The succession of priests whose office it had been to pray daily with the captives and remind them that God had put them there, for some wise purpose or other, and teach them that patience, humbleness, and submission to oppres- sion was what He loved to see in parties of a subordi- nate rank, had traditions about these poor old human ruins, but nothing more.
friends, we have fought a very honorable fight, and may say in all humbleness that we have done our devoir, but I think that we may now go back to the Lady Tiphaine and say our orisons, for we have played our parts in this world, and it is time that we made ready for another."
Both faces expressed a franker perturbation, something more akin to the humbleness of dismay, than Newman had yet seen in them.
"Now, my Lord Bishop," said he, "dost thou not think this is ill done of anyone, much more of a churchman, who should live in humbleness and charity?"
'But Aleem, with his outstanding hard work, passion and dedication besides humbleness and honesty, hoisted the country's national flag world over.'
The mosque plays a vital role in the lives of Muslims worldwide, affirmed the Kuwaiti official, adding that such facilities encouraged piety, humbleness and overall goodness.
The award is granted on the occasion of the International Nurses Day celebrated around the world on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.Meeting with the presidentThe award-giving ceremony was held under the auspices of President Andrej Kiska, who also met with the laureates on May 21."I've always been meeting with nurses and midwives with humbleness," Kiska said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.