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mod·es·ty

 (mŏd′ĭ-stē)
n.
1. The state or quality of being moderate in the estimation of one's own abilities, accomplishments, or value.
2. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior: Modesty prevented her from wearing that dress.
3. The state of being unostentatious or moderate in size, quantity, or range: the modesty of the room's furnishings.

modesty

(ˈmɒdɪstɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the quality or condition of being modest
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (modifier) designed to prevent inadvertent exposure of part of the body: a modesty flap.

mod•es•ty

(ˈmɒd ə sti)

n.
1. regard for decency of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
2. lack of vanity.
[1525–35; < Latin modestia. See modest, -y3]

Modesty

 

See Also: MEEKNESS, PERSONAL TRAITS

  1. As humbly as a guest who knows himself too late —Hart Crane
  2. Humility is like underwear, essential but indecent if it shows —Helen Nielsen, Reader’s Digest, March, 1959
  3. If you really were a hero … you made it sound routine and unglamorous, like shrugging off a ninety-yard touchdown run as “Good luck and good blocking” —Dan Wakefield
  4. I looked as if I were trying to melt into the scenery and become invisible, like a giraffe standing motionless among sunlit leaves —Christopher Isherwood
  5. Modest as a flower —Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  6. Modest as justice —William Shakespeare
  7. Modesty is like virtue; suspected only when it is advertised —Douglas Malloch
  8. Modesty like a diver gathers pearls by keeping his head low —Punch
  9. Modesty’s at times its own reward, like virtue —Lord Byron
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.modesty - freedom from vanity or conceitmodesty - freedom from vanity or conceit  
decency - the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
Grundyism, primness, prudery, prudishness - excessive or affected modesty
immodesty - the trait of being vain and conceited
2.modesty - formality and propriety of mannermodesty - formality and propriety of manner  
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
demureness - the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum

modesty

noun
2. plainness, simplicity, ordinariness, unpretentiousness, inexpensiveness The modesty of the town itself comes as a surprise.
3. decorum, virtue, decency, delicacy, propriety, sobriety, coyness, demureness, decorousness, seemliness, chasteness There were shrieks as the girls tried to protect their modesty.
Quotations
"Small is the worth"
"Of beauty from the light retir'd;"
"Bid her come forth,"
"Suffer herself to be desir'd,"
"And not blush so to be admir'd" [Edmund Waller Go Lovely Rose!]

modesty

noun
1. Lack of vanity or self-importance:
2. Reserve in speech, behavior, or dress:
3. The condition of being chaste:
Translations
تَواضُع
skromnostmírnost
beskedenhed
häveliäisyyskainoussäädyllisyysvaatimattomuus
čednostskromnost
hæverska; lítillæti
skromnost
čednostskromnostскромностчедност
alçakgönüllülük

modesty

[ˈmɒdɪstɪ] N
1. (= humbleness) → modestia f
in all modesty, I think I could do the job bettermodestamente or con toda modestia, creo yo que podría hacer mejor el trabajo
I can't tell you, modesty forbidsno puedo decírtelo, pecaría de poco modesto
see also false A3
2. (= propriety) → pudor m, recato m

modesty

[ˈmɒdɪsti] n
(= absence of pride) → modestie f
[price] → caractère m raisonnable
to protect one's modesty (= decency) → protéger sa pudeur

modesty

n
(= humbleness)Bescheidenheit f; in all modestybei aller Bescheidenheit; the modesty of the man! (iro)der ist ja überhaupt nicht von sich eingenommen! (iro inf)
(= moderation)Bescheidenheit f, → Genügsamkeit f; (of price)Mäßigkeit f
(= chasteness)Schamgefühl nt; (in behaviour) → Anstand m, → Sittsamkeit f (geh), → Züchtigkeit f (old); (in dress) → Unauffälligkeit f, → Dezentheit f

modesty

[ˈmɒdɪstɪ] nmodestia
in all modesty → in tutta modestia

modest

(ˈmodist) adjective
1. not having, or showing, too high an opinion of one's abilities etc. He's very modest about his success.
2. decent, or showing good taste; not shocking. modest clothing.
3. not very large; moderate. She's a person of modest ambitions.
ˈmodestly adverb
ˈmodesty noun
References in classic literature ?
And further, who conceiveth the full depth of the modesty of the vain man
IN PARTICULAR This Work Is Dedicated By A Humble Native Of Flatland In the Hope that Even as he was Initiated into the Mysteries OF THREE DIMENSIONS Having been previously conversant With ONLY TWO So the Citizens of that Celestial Region May aspire yet higher and higher To the Secrets of FOUR FIVE or EVEN SIX Dimensions Thereby contributing To the Enlargement of THE IMAGINATION And the possible Development Of that most and excellent GIFT of MODESTY Among the Superior Races Of SOLID HUMANITY
adorned with all the charms in which nature can array her; bedecked with beauty, youth, sprightliness, innocence, modesty, and tenderness, breathing sweetness from her rosy lips, and darting brightness from her sparkling eyes, the lovely Sophia comes!
It's a pity Frederick Bullock hadn't some of his modesty, Maria," replies the elder sister, with a toss of he head.
Then was it that the innocent and fair young shepherdess roamed from vale to vale and hill to hill, with flowing locks, and no more garments than were needful modestly to cover what modesty seeks and ever sought to hide.
Believe me, my dear Miss Elizabeth, that your modesty, so far from doing you any disservice, rather adds to your other perfections.
Besides, it is very pleasing to us to oblige and assist our friends and companions, as well as those whom we are connected with by the rights of hospitality; and this cannot be done without the establishment of private property, which cannot take place with those who make a city too much one; besides, they prevent every opportunity of exercising two principal virtues, modesty and liberality.
He maintained, with peculiar satisfaction, it seemed, that maiden modesty is a mere relic of barbarism, and that nothing could be more natural than for a man still youngish to handle a young girl naked.
At this moment Thedora returned; whereupon, in some confusion, he repeated that he felt a great respect for my modesty and virtue, and that he much wished to become acquainted with me; after which he took Thedora aside, and tried, on some pretext or another, to give her money (though of course she declined it).
Prefaces and passages, and excusations, and other speeches of reference to the person, are great wastes of time; and though they seem to proceed of modesty, they are bravery.
Modesty, if one may trust to the verdict of the mass of mankind, is a good quality.
Had affection, goodness, modesty, real talent, ever employed those bright orbs as interpreters, I do not think I could have refrained from giving a kind and encouraging, perhaps an ardent reply now and then; but as it was, I found pleasure in answering the glance of vanity with the gaze of stoicism.