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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Humility  \Hu*mil"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Humilities}.  [OE.  humilite,  OF 
  humilit['e],  humelit['e],  F.  humilit['e],  fr  L.  humiliatis 
  See  {Humble}.] 
  1.  The  state  or  quality  of  being  humble;  freedom  from  pride 
  and  arrogance;  lowliness  of  mind;  a  modest  estimate  of 
  one's  own  worth;  a  sense  of  one's  own  unworthiness  through 
  imperfection  and  sinfulness;  self-abasement;  humbleness. 
 
  Serving  the  Lord  with  all  humility  of  mind.  --Acts 
  xx  19. 
 
  2.  An  act  of  submission  or  courtesy. 
 
  With  these  humilities  they  satisfied  the  young  king. 
  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  Syn:  Lowliness;  humbleness;  meekness;  modesty;  diffidence. 
 
  Usage:  {Humility},  {Modesty},  {Diffidence}.  Diffidence  is  a 
  distrust  of  our  powers,  combined  with  a  fear  lest  our 
  failure  should  be  censured,  since  a  dread  of  failure 
  unconnected  with  a  dread  of  censure  is  not  usually 
  called  diffidence.  It  may  be  carried  too  far  and  is 
  not  always  like  modesty  and  humility,  a  virtue. 
  Modesty,  without  supposing  self-distrust,  implies  an 
  unwillingness  to  put  ourselves  forward,  and  an  absence 
  of  all  over-confidence  in  our  own  powers.  Humility 
  consists  in  rating  our  claims  low  in  being  willing  to 
  waive  our  rights,  and  take  a  lower  place  than  might  be 
  our  due.  It  does  not  require  of  us  to  underrate 
  ourselves 




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