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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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Adj.1.humbling - causing awareness of your shortcomings; "golf is a humbling game"
undignified - lacking dignity


[ˈhʌmblɪŋ] adj
to be a humbling experience → être une leçon d'humilité
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