self-effacement

[self-i-feys-muh nt, self-]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. self-dramatizing,
  2. self-drive,
  3. self-driven,
  4. self-driving,
  5. self-educated,
  6. self-effacing,
  7. self-elected,
  8. self-employed,
  9. self-employment,
  10. self-energizing

Origin of self-effacement

First recorded in 1865–70

Related formsself-ef·fac·ing, adjectiveself-ef·fac·ing·ly, adverbself-ef·fac·ing·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for self-effacing

self-effacing

adjective

tending to make oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity; modest
Derived Formsself-effacingly, adverb

self-effacement

noun

the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity
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Word Origin and History for self-effacing

self-effacing

adj.

1902, from self- + effacing (see efface). Self-effacement is recorded from 1866.

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