[hyoo-mil-i-tee or, often, yoo-]


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

Synonyms for humility

Antonyms for humility Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for humility

Contemporary Examples of humility

Historical Examples of humility

  • 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.


    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 plural -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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