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modest

[ mod-ist ]
/ ˈmɒd ɪst /
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adjective
having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one's merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
free from ostentation or showy extravagance: a modest house.
having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent: a modest neckline on a dress.
limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary.
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Origin of modest

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin modestus “restrained, decorous,” equivalent to modes- (stem of unattested modus, an s-stem akin to modus “measured amount, limit, manner” (see mode1), perhaps from unattested medos, with the vowel of modus; compare moderārī “to moderate” (see moderate, from the same noun stem) + -tus adjective suffix

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3. Modest, demure, prudish imply conformity to propriety and decorum, and a distaste for anything coarse or loud. Modest implies a becoming shyness, sobriety, and proper behavior: a modest, self-respecting person. Demure implies a bashful, quiet simplicity, staidness, and decorum; but can also indicate an assumed or affected modesty: a demure young chorus girl. Prudish suggests an exaggeratedly self-conscious modesty or propriety in behavior or conversation of one who wishes to be thought of as easily shocked and who often is intolerant: a prudish objection to a harmless remark.

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British Dictionary definitions for modest

modest
/ (ˈmɒdɪst) /

adjective
having or expressing a humble opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments or abilities
reserved or shymodest behaviour
not ostentatious or pretentious
not extreme or excessive; moderate
decorous or decent

Derived forms of modest

modestly, adverb

Word Origin for modest

C16: via Old French from Latin modestus moderate, from modus mode
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