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Meaning of HUMBLE

Pronunciation:  'humbul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
  2. [adj]  marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful; "a humble apology"; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski
  3. [adj]  used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
  4. [adj]  low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"
  5. [v]  cause to fee shame; hurt the pride of
  6. [v]  cause to be unpretentious; "This experience will humble him"

HUMBLE is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: abase, base, baseborn, broken, chagrin, crushed, humbled, humiliate, humiliated, inferior, low, lowborn, lowly, meek, menial, mild, modest, mortify, small, unskilled
 Antonyms: proud
 See Also: alter, bruise, change, crush, degrade, demean, demolish, disgrace, efface, hurt, injure, offend, put down, spite, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hum"ble\, a. [Compar. {Humbler}; superl. {Humblest}.]
    [F., fr. L. humilis on the ground, low, fr. humus the earth,
    ground. See {Homage}, and cf. {Chameleon}, {Humiliate}.]
    1. Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or
       magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble
             THy humble nest built on the ground.  --Cowley.
    2. Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's
       self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's
       self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands
       of God; lowly; waek; modest.
             God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the
             humble.                               --Jas. iv. 6.
             She should be humble who would please. --Prior.
             Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of
             our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy
             nation.                               --Washington.
    {Humble plant} (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the
       genus {Mimosa} ({M. sensitiva}).
    {To eat humble pie}, to endure mortification; to submit or
       apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or
       humilitation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the
       entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served
       to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See
       {Humbles}. --Halliwell. --Thackeray.
  2. \Hum"ble\, a.
    Hornless. See {Hummel}. [Scot.]
  3. \Hum"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Humbled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or
       exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate.
             Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's
             plagues Have humbled to all strokes.  --Shak.
             The genius which humbled six marshals of France.
    2. To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or
       arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiently of; to make
       meek and submissive; -- often used rexlexively.
             Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of
             God, that he may exalt you.           --1 Pet. v. 6.
    Syn: To abase; lower; depress; humiliate; mortify; disgrace;
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