Origin of self-effacement
Related formsself-ef·fac·ing, adjectiveself-ef·fac·ing·ly, adverbself-ef·fac·ing·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for self-effacing
It was a coming-out story of sorts told with self-effacing un-sentimentality.
He was funny and self-effacing, though prone to fits of anger.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The word ‘discover’ is odd,” says the self-effacing Granik.Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director|Marlow Stern|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Crawforth claims that his subject was unmatched as a taxonomist, and that his self-effacing style elevated his writing.
But his self-effacing, self-aware and humble style makes it accessible and real—and thus particularly valuable.Seeking Reconciliation with a Terrorist: A Jewish Journey|Lisa Goldman|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His nose and chin were long and pointed, and his manner was meek and self-effacing even when he was alone.Young Mr. Barter's Repentance|David Christie Murray
Naturally humble and self-effacing, she had no ambition to shine socially.Marjorie Dean|Pauline Lester
Hazel Fredericks, in her quiet and self-effacing manner, had aspirations, Milly suspected.One Woman's Life|Robert Herrick
In conversation with men of alien sentiment I am self-effacing to my intense chagrin, often from mere shyness.The Journal of a Disappointed Man|Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
But if the grand essential to a good mother be self-denying, self-effacing love, this is a bad era for its development.Maids Wives and Bachelors|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr