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[hyoo-mil-i-tee or, often, yoo-] /hyuˈmɪl ɪ ti or, often, yu-/
the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
Origin of humility
1275-1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās. See humble, -ty2
lowliness, meekness, submissiveness.
pride. Unabridged
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  • Varney gave his largesse with an affectation of complaisance and humility.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • How amusing are men's dreams—those of humility as well as those of ambition!

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • Yet, for all his humility, he was possessed by a spirit of egoism that repelled me.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • humility and self-denial carried to such an extent are superhuman!

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • "The bulb was humility," she murmured over and over, under her breath.

    Jewel's Story Book Clara Louise Burnham
British Dictionary definitions for humility


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being humble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for humility

early 14c., from Old French umelite "humility, modesty, sweetness," from Latin humilitatem (nominative humilitas) "lowness, insignificance," in Church Latin "meekness," from humilis "humble" (see humble). In the Mercian hymns, Latin humilitatem is glossed by Old English eaðmodnisse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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