The humbling focuses on Simon Axler (Pacino), a veteran stage actor who loses the desire to act.
“This has been the most humbling experience,” said the woman, who finally became an unpaid intern at a law firm.
Lloyd Grove remembers their first, humbling encounter—and the qualities that made him so remarkable.
Amazing, delightful, grounding, humbling, refreshing, delicious.
Imagining the first president eating a solitary meal while staring down a four-year term is humbling.
The "bright particular star" humbling itself before the temporal crown!
I owe you that admission, humbling to the pride that is left in me!
Meanwhile, upstairs, Marion is humbling herself into the dust, at the footstool of her tyrant.
We had confined his body, but there was no humbling of his spirit.
The picture seen from such a height is both an inspiring and a humbling one.
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.