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modesty


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Modesty  \Mod"es*ty\,  n.  [L.  modestia:  cf  F.  modestie.  See 
  {Modest}.] 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  modesty 
  n  1:  freedom  from  vanity  or  conceit  [ant:  {immodesty}] 
  2:  formality  and  propriety  of  manner  [syn:  {reserve}] 




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