self-effacement

[self-i-feys-muh nt, self-]
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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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self-effacing

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

self-effacement

noun
  1. 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
adj.

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

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