humbling


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hum·ble

 (hŭm′bəl)
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:
Adj.1.humbling - causing awareness of your shortcomings; "golf is a humbling game"
undignified - lacking dignity
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Translations

humbling

[ˈhʌmblɪŋ] adj
to be a humbling experience → être une leçon d'humilité
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The Achaeans and Aetolians were kept friendly by them, the kingdom of Macedonia was humbled, Antiochus was driven out; yet the merits of the Achaeans and Aetolians never secured for them permission to increase their power, nor did the persuasions of Philip ever induce the Romans to be his friends without first humbling him, nor did the influence of Antiochus make them agree that he should retain any lordship over the country.
Smit said: "It is very humbling for me to be equalling a record set by Os who I see as a real legend of the South African game.
He knows that true servanthood is found in humbling oneself, in stooping to our human level, and in being obedient to the point of death.