(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Nouns — modesty; humility; diffidence, timidity, bashfulness; shyness, unobtrusiveness; shame; reserve, constraint; demureness.
1. be modest, retire, give way to, retire into one's shell, keep in the background, keep one's distance, hide one's light under a bushel; not dare to show one's face.
2. hide one's face, hang one's head, eat humble pie; blush, redden, change color; feel small. Informal, eat crow, draw in one's horns.
Adjectives — modest, diffident, humble, timid, timorous, bashful, shy, nervous; coy; sheepish, shamefaced, blushing; overmodest, unpretentious, unobtrusive, unassuming, unaspiring, reserved, demure, self-effacing, decent; common as an old shoe.
Adverbs — modestly, humbly, meekly; quietly, privately; without ceremony; with downcast eyes, on bended knee.
Quotations — Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise (Shakespeare), It is difficult for a rich person to be modest, or a modest person rich (Epictetus), [Of Clement Attlee: ] A modest man who has a good deal to be modest about (Winston Churchill), I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... But I am too busy thinking about myself (Edith Sitwell).
Antonyms, see vanity.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The state of being modest]
Syn. humility, unpretentiousness, unassumingness, delicacy, unostentatiousness, reticence, reserve, constraint, unobtrusiveness, self-effacement, meekness; see also courtesy 1 , dignity 1 , restraint 1 .
Ant. vanity*, conceit, egotism*.
2. [Shyness]
Syn. inhibition, timidity, diffidence; see shyness .
3. [Chastity]
Syn. decency, innocence, seemliness, celibacy; see chastity , purity 1 , virtue 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. humility humbleness, unpretentiousness, moderation, reserve, reticence, shyness, bashfulness, simplicity, plainness. The only sure bait when you angle for praise.''—Lord Chesterfield. Meekness and wisdom combined.''—Solomon Ibn Gabirol. An index to nobility.''—Solomon Ibn Gabirol.
2. decency decorum, propriety, seemliness.
ANT.: 1. arrogance, pretentiousness, vanity. 2. indecency, unseemliness
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Lack of vanity or self-importance: humbleness, humility, lowliness, meekness. See ATTITUDE, BIG, SELF-LOVE. 2. Reserve in speech, behavior, or dress: demureness, diffidence, reticence, self-effacement. See RESTRAINT. 3. The condition of being chaste: chastity, decency, innocence, purity, virginity, virtue, vir-tuousness. See GOOD, RESTRAINT, SEX. 4. Lack of ostentation or pretension: plainness, simpleness, simplicity, unassumingness, unostentatiousness, unpretentiousness. See PLAIN.

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