V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the quality of being humble that comes from a lack of pride and a lowly opinion of oneself--modesty

Synonyms: modesty, deference, respectfulness, humbleness, self-abasement

Antonyms: hubris, pride, arrogance

Tips: There is some debate over whether humility (modesty that comes from lack of pride) is in fact a virtue. In Christianity, humility is seen as such. Some other schools of thought, however, do not agree. One example is objectivism. Objectivism teaches people to pursue their strengths and not to be ashamed of success. This tension may be seen between the two related words humble and humiliation.

Usage Examples:

He bowed to his guests in a sign of humility. (respectfulness)

It wouldn't hurt the young man to show a little humility when with his clients. (modesty)

Unfortunately, she does not have the humility to admit that she is wrong. (modesty, humbleness)

It's very rare to find someone who is rich and powerful, yet still show humility toward others. (respectfulness, modesty)

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