modesty

modesty
modesty (n.) 1530s, "freedom from exaggeration, self-control," from M.Fr. modestie or directly from L. modestia "moderation, sense of honor, correctness of conduct," from modestus "moderate, keeping measure, sober, gentle, temperate," from modus "measure, manner" (see MODE (Cf. mode) (n.1)). Meaning "quality of having a moderate opinion of oneself" is from 1550s; that of "womanly propriety" is from 1560s.
La pudeur donne des plaisirs bien flatteurs à l'amant: elle lui fait sentir quelles lois l'on transgresse pour lui; (Modesty both pleases and flatters a lover, for it lays stress on the laws which are being transgressed for his sake.) [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]

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  • 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Modesty — Modesty, est une chanteuse française. Biographie Discographie 1980, On n aime toujours le même 1980, So sweet is my love 1980, Boogie encore 1983, Historia 1984, Crime d amour 1985, Le chien extraordinaire Sources [1] Catégorie : Chanteuse… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • modesty — index decorum, propriety (correctness) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • modesty — [n] shyness bashfulness, celibacy, chastity, constraint, coyness, decency, delicacy, demureness, diffidence, discreetness, humbleness, humility, inhibition, innocence, lack of pretension, meekness, propriety, prudery, purity, quietness, reserve,… …   New thesaurus

  • modesty — ► NOUN ▪ the quality or state of being modest …   English terms dictionary

  • modesty — [mäd′is tē] n. [Fr modestie < L modestia] the quality or state of being modest; specif., a) unassuming or humble behavior b) lack of excesses or pretensions; moderation c) decency; decorum …   English World dictionary

  • Modesty — For other uses, see Modest (disambiguation). Man and woman in swimsuits, ca. 1910; she is exiting a bathing machine …   Wikipedia

  • modesty — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ characteristic, natural (esp. BrE), typical ▪ She accepted their congratulations with typical modesty. ▪ false ▪ feminine …   Collocations dictionary

  • modesty — n. 1) to affect; display modesty 2) false modesty (without false modesty) 3) modesty about * * * [ mɒdɪstɪ] display modesty to affect modesty about false modesty (without false modesty) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • modesty — [[t]mɒ̱dɪsti[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT (approval) Someone who shows modesty does not talk much about their abilities or achievements. His modesty does him credit, for the food he produces speaks for itself... He plays the character with tremendous… …   English dictionary

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