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self-effacement

[ self-i-feys-muhnt, self- ]
/ ˈsɛlf ɪˈfeɪs mənt, ˌsɛlf- /
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noun

the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.

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Origin of self-effacement

First recorded in 1865–70

OTHER WORDS FROM self-effacement

self-ef·fac·ing, adjectiveself-ef·fac·ing·ly, adverbself-ef·fac·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-effacement

self-effacement

noun

the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity
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