from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being modest.
- n. Reserve or propriety in speech, dress, or behavior.
- n. Lack of pretentiousness; simplicity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being modest; having a limited and not overly high opinion of oneself and one's abilities.
- n. Moderate behaviour; reserve.
- n. Pudency, prudish avoidance of sexual explicitness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit.
- n. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lose from modesty: with away.
- n. The quality of being modest; moderation; freedom from exaggeration or excess.
- n. Retiring disposition or demeanor; disinclination to presumption, ostentation, or self-assertion; unobtrusiveness; reserve proceeding from absence of over-confidence or self-esteem.
- n. Decorous feeling or behavior; purity or delicacy of thought or manner; reserve proceeding from pure or chaste character.
- n. Synonyms Diffidence, Shyness, etc. See bashfulness.
- n. The hare's-ear or thorough-wax, Bupleurum rotundifolium.
- n. The bladder-ketmia or flower-of-an-hour, Hibiscus Trionum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freedom from vanity or conceit
- n. formality and propriety of manner
It is high time for _true_ modesty to take the place of that _false modesty_ which has driven virtue, like an exile, out of the land, and peopled it largely with
I brought up the term modesty, and none of the 4 young ladies knew what the word meant!
Major Bath, returned the compliment with a very low bow; but did not venture to make the first advance to familiarity, as he was truly possessed of that quality which the Greeks considered in the highest light of honour, and which we term modesty; though indeed, neither ours nor the Latin language hath any word adequate to the idea of the original.
But whether modesty is actually good or bad is not my primary concern with what you appeared to say.
Finally, I told the reporter that most of the girls I interviewed sought a new kind of empowerment, and that religion wasn't the main impetus behind what she dubs the modesty "backlash."
Only because what we call modesty is awkward bashfulness and mauvaise honte.
The laughter caused by grotesque mimicry or caricature of pompous or solemn individuals seems to arise from the same (more or less unconscious) working of the mind as that caused by some unexpected neglect of those social "taboos" or laws of behaviour which we call modesty, decency, and propriety.
I only know that it is the best which I can find, to express one excellence which we see in our Lord, which is like what we call modesty in common human beings.
It is thus that what we call modesty is often only
It is thus that what we call modesty is often only a more refined species of pride.