- the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
Origin of humility
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Examples from the Web for humility
At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
In the Church of Sorkin, this is the prayer of humility: forgive them, for they know not what they do.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing
November 10, 2014
We are meant to see Coach Lad as a gentle shepherd, full of lessons about humility and brotherhood.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel
September 20, 2014
[They were feeling] humility, self-condemnation, self-abhorrence.The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, Malign Evangelist
Matthew Paul Turner
August 24, 2014
And humility, well, that's about as useful as a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
August 23, 2014
But this man must be secure that humility would be an ornament to him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
His faith in himself was coming back—not strongly, with a rush, but with all humility.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
That something hidden away in my nature, like a treasure in a field, is Humility.
Humility, like the artistic, acceptance of all experiences, is merely a mode of manifestation.
This thought should imbue a man of science with humility rather than with pride.Heroes of the Telegraph
- the state or quality of being humble
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.