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self-effacement

[ self-i-feys-muh nt, 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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RELATED WORDS

reticent, coy, humble, unobtrusive, discreet, unassuming, unpretentious, backward, bashful, blushing, chaste, demure, diffident, lowly, meek, moderate, nice, proper, prudent, quiet

Nearby words

self-dramatizing, self-drive, self-driven, self-driving, self-educated, self-effacement, self-effacing, self-elected, self-employed, self-employment, 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 (1 of 2)

self-effacing


adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for self-effacing (2 of 2)

self-effacement


noun

the act of making oneself, one's actions, etc, inconspicuous, esp because of humility or timidity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for self-effacing

self-effacing


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper