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Meaning of MODESTY

Pronunciation:  'm√Ędistee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  formality and propriety of manner
  2. [n]  freedom from vanity or conceit

MODESTY is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: reserve
 Antonyms: immodesty
 See Also: correctitude, decency, demureness, Grundyism, primness, properness, propriety, prudery, prudishness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mod"es*ty\, n. [L. modestia: cf. F. modestie. See
1. 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.

2. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and
   the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due
   regard for propriety in speech or action.

         Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. --Shak.

{Modesty piece}, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over
   the bosom. [Obs.] --Addison.

Syn: Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See
     {Bashfulness}, and {Humility}.

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