[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. humiliate,
  2. humiliating,
  3. humiliation,
  4. humiliatory,
  5. humilis,
  6. humint,
  7. humism,
  8. humiture,
  9. hummable,
  10. hummel

Origin of humility

1275–1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās. See humble, -ty2

ANTONYMS FOR humility Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humilities

  • For we could not conceive of Wordsworth as submitting his faculties to the humilities and devotion of courtship.

  • But were his generalities about life strong enough to push her and her humilities aside?

    The Prisoner|Alice Brown
  • The devices to lull their suspicions—the virtues and renunciations, the humilities and the consecrations!

    Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
  • He started up to hinder me; crying, "It is not to me but to God that you owe these Humilities."

    A Voyage to the Moon|Cyrano de Bergerac

British Dictionary definitions for humilities


/ (hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being humble
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Word Origin and History for humilities



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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