modesty

modesty
mod|es|ty [ˈmɔdısti US ˈma:-] n [U]
1.) a modest way of behaving or talking
'Anyone else would have done the same thing,' he said with typical modesty.
2.) unwillingness to show your body or do anything that may attract sexual interest
3.) in all modesty
spoken used when you want to talk about something good you have done, but you do not want to seem too proud
I think in all modesty that I can take some small credit for the team's success.
4.) modesty forbids
spoken used when saying jokingly that you do not want to talk about your achievements
false modesty atfalse

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • modesty — (n.) 1530s, freedom from exaggeration, self control, from M.Fr. modestie or directly from L. modestia moderation, sense of honor, correctness of conduct, from modestus moderate, keeping measure, sober, gentle, temperate, from modus measure,… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • modesty — ► NOUN ▪ the quality or state of being modest …   English terms dictionary

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  • modesty — n. 1) to affect; display modesty 2) false modesty (without false modesty) 3) modesty about * * * [ mɒdɪstɪ] display modesty to affect modesty about false modesty (without false modesty) …   Combinatory dictionary

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