I was immediately drawn in by his lack of pretense and humbleness.
The humbleness of her birth prevented her from raising her eyes to a throne.
I knew the state of Spain well, his weakness, his poorness, his humbleness at this time.
I knew the state of Spain well—his weakness, his poorness, his humbleness at this time.
A word from her, and the men before him dropped in humbleness to the ground.
The smallness of the work, the material, and even the tools for working it, reminded me of the humbleness of my origin.
So far as humbleness was concerned, there was no lack of that.
His complete subservience and humbleness had an effect upon Miser Farebrother.
Yours serfdom, awe and humbleness: ours thunder and the seas.
It was but for a moment; upon Mrs. Preedy confronting him again, he relapsed into humbleness and timidity.
mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.
Don't be so humble; you're not that great. [Golda Meir]To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).
late 14c. in the intransitive sense of "to render oneself humble;" late 15c. in the transitive sense of "to lower (someone) in dignity;" see humble (adj.). Related: Humbled; humbling.