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lowly

[loh-lee] /ˈloʊ li/
adjective, lowlier, lowliest.
1.
humble in station, condition, or nature:
a lowly cottage.
2.
low in growth or position.
3.
humble in attitude, behavior, or spirit; meek.
adverb
4.
in a low position, manner, or degree:
a lowly placed shelf.
5.
in a lowly manner; humbly.
6.
in a quiet voice; softly:
to converse lowly.
Origin of lowly
1300-1350
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50; See origin at low1, -ly
Related forms
lowlily, adverb
lowliness, noun
unlowly, adjective
Can be confused
low, lowly.
Synonyms
3. modest, simple, unpretentious.
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Examples from the Web for lowliness
Historical Examples
  • Strong in lowliness, they neither blanch in heat nor pine in frost.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • It is equally unwise to impress him with his greatness and not with his lowliness.

  • lowliness and want are hated by men; but do not go from the Way, to escape them.

  • They judge of the office of the ministry by the lowliness of the person.

  • lowliness is taking the place that becomes me; holiness, giving God the place that becomes Him.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • lowliness is holiness, because it gives all the glory to God.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • It is promising, sir; 'lowliness is young ambition's ladder,' as the Swan says.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The very faith which accepts the gospel has its root in lowliness of mind.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • His lowliness was falling away, his sense of his own importance was coming back to him.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • It takes its kingdom with entreaty, and not with contention, and keeps it by lowliness of mind.

    George Fox George Fox
British Dictionary definitions for lowliness

lowly

/ˈləʊlɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
humble or low in position, rank, status, etc
2.
full of humility; meek
3.
simple, unpretentious, or plain
adverb
4.
in a low or lowly manner
Derived Forms
lowliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lowliness
n.

early 15c., from lowly + -ness.

lowly

c.1300 (adv.); late 14c. (adj.) "humble," from low (adj.) + -ly.

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