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[ hyoo-mil-i-teeor, often, yoo- ]


  1. the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.

    Synonyms: submissiveness, meekness, lowliness

    Antonyms: pride


/ hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ /


  1. the state or quality of being humble

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Word History and Origins

Origin of humility1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English humilite, from Latin humilitās; humble, -ty 2

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Example Sentences

It’s just not great for governing us, and what these people are doing is privately governing us, and they have no humility about the limitations of their worldview.

The write-ups are relatively subdued, as far as these things go, praising the executives for their humility as much as their innovative prowess, and noting the challenges they face in addressing everything from the pandemic to privacy concerns.

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He just brings such a sophisticated framework—and he always has this humility that goes with it, which makes it so much fun because he’s having fun.

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Use empathy, humility and thoughtfulness as the foundational building blocks of healthy team dynamics.

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You know, I think the most important thing to do is to have humility.

At times, Mario Cuomo seemed to have the humility of a Jesuit and the goals of an emperor.

During this time, Mailer also displayed an unexpected humility in the company of his fellow literary stars.

I lived somewhere in the middle of the food chain—an involuntary humility, which remains the emotional posture behind reason.

In the Church of Sorkin, this is the prayer of humility: forgive them, for they know not what they do.

We are meant to see Coach Lad as a gentle shepherd, full of lessons about humility and brotherhood.

The old man stood, with eyes downcast and hands clasped before him, a picture of humility.

He forgot the great doctrine of humility, and declared that "Mister" Weston should have the volume that very night.

Their founder named them Minimos Fratres, as a special indication of humility.

It is a ground of humility to each Section of the visible Church that every other, in some things, differs from it.

In this she differed from others of her sect, who strove to convey the idea of humility both outwardly and inwardly.


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