Definition of modesty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdəsti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdəsti//
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  1. 1the fact of not talking much about your abilities or possessions He accepted the award with characteristic modesty. I hate false (= pretended) modesty.
  2. 2the action of behaving or dressing so that you do not show your body or attract sexual attention
  3. 3the state of being not very large, expensive, important, etc. They tried to disguise the modesty of their achievements.
  4. Extra examples I wore a towel to preserve my modesty. Modesty forbade me from mentioning that my novel had been published. She accepted their congratulations with becoming modesty. She spoke with characteristic modesty. his modesty about his achievements I hate false modesty.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: modesty