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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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  • But this man must be secure that humility would be an ornament to him.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • 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.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • humility, like the artistic, acceptance of all experiences, is merely a mode of manifestation.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • This thought should imbue a man of science with humility rather than with pride.

British Dictionary definitions for humility


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being humble
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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.

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