[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for humility


/ (hjuːˈmɪlɪtɪ) /

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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