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Definition of the noun modesty

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noun - plural: modesties

  1. freedom from vanity or conceit
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of modesty: modestness
    • antonym of modesty: immodesty
    • more generic word: decency = the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
    • more specific words: prudishness / Grundyism / primness / prudery = excessive or affected modesty
    • attributes:
      • modest = not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
      • immodest = offending against sexual mores in conduct or appearance
  2. formality and propriety of manner

Alternative definition of the noun modesty


  1. The quality of being modest; having a limited and not overly high opinion of oneself and one's abilities.
  2. Moderate behaviour; reserve.
  3. [qualifier, specifically] Pudency, prudish avoidance of sexual explicitness.


"Modesty" a.k.a. "Pudor" is a 2007 world cinema drama film written by Tristán Ulloa and co-directed with David Ulloa.


"Modesty" is an artwork by Ng Eng Teng.


Modesty was an oyster sloop built in 1923 by The Wood and Chute Shipyard of Greenport, Long Island. Modeled after the catboat Honest, which was built in 1892 by Jelle Dykstra on the west bank of Greens Creek, West Sayville, Modesty was built as a gaff-rigged sloop, but retained the extreme beam of a catboat. For auxiliary power, a two-cylinder Gafka gasoline engine was installed.

Phrases with Modesty

  1. Modesty panel
  2. false modesty

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Modesty

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Google previewDay's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations (1884)

Consisting of Beautiful Thoughts, Choice Extracts and Sayings, of the Most Eminent Writers of All Nations, from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time, Together with a Comprehensive Biographical Index of Authors, and an Alphabetical List of Subjects Quoted

Modesty is the true citadel of beauty and virtue.

Bym: Modesty is a sweet song-bird no open cage- door can tempt to flight. Hafiz.

Modesty is that virtue which moderates our pursuit after honor, and renders us humble in our own eyes.

Google previewThe Summa Theologica: Complete Edition (2014)

by Saint Thomas Aquinas, Catholic Way Publishing

Therefore modesty is a general virtue, and consequently should not be reckoned a part of temperance. Objection 2: Further, temperance...

Google previewVirtues, including excellences (second, third, fourth, & fifth parts) The Mosaic economy (1889)

by Henry Donald Maurice Spence-Jones, Charles Neil, Joseph Samuel Exell

True modesty is a discerning grace, And only blushes in the proper place ; But counterfeit is blind, and skulks through fear,

Google previewA Homiletic and Illustrative Treasury of Religious Thought (1889)

Or Twenty Thousand Choice Extracts, Selected from the Works of All the Great Writers, Ancient and Modern with Copious Indices

True modesty is a discerning grace, And only blushes in the proper place ; But counterfeit is blind, and skulks through fear,

Google previewThe Monthly Review (1817)

Modesty is the inseparable companion of an enlightened mind; but there is a little , low, debasing fear, which assumes the...

Google previewThe Practice of Elocution (1832)

Or, A Course of Exercises for Acquiring the Several Requisites of a Good Delivery by Benjamin Humphrey Smart

Modesty is the great ornament of youth ;—and it has ever been esteemed a presage of rising merit.” Each mode of reading might be advocated, and the reader is entirely left to choose for himself. And the effect of each reading with the previous ...

Google previewThe Duck Commander Devotional Pink Camo Edition (2013)

by Al Robertson

Modesty is a two-way street and requires cooperation and respect on both sides.

Google previewThe Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal (1817)

by Ralph Griffiths, G. E. Griffiths

Modesty is the inseparable companion of an enlightened mind ; but there is a little, low, debasing fear, which...

Modesty is a sentiment, fear is a quality of the mind ; modesty has its birth from a comparison of our own talents and actions with ...

Google previewReal Business of IT (2009)

How CIOs Create and Communicate Value by Richard Hunter, George Westerman

Modesty is a classic virtue, of course. But the past and recent successes of P. T. Barnum, Richard Branson, and Donald Trump imply strongly that mod- esty is not a useful virtue in business. Would the head of sales miss an opportunity to blow ...

Google previewThe Anti-Dictionary (2002)

A Selected List of Words Being Forced from the Modern Lexicon by Michael Cromwell

Modesty. Conventional definitions: unwillingness to draw attention to yourown achievements or abilities; reserve aboutnudity or sexual matters, especially a preference for clothes that keep muchof thebody covered; lack ofconfidence when ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Language of Shakspeare (1868)

by Swynfen Jervis


Google previewA Thesaurus Dictionary of the English Language Designed to Suggest Immediately Any Desired Word Needed to Express Exactly a Given Idea (1906)

A Dictionary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Foreign Phrases, Pronunciations, a Copious Correlation of Words by Francis Andrew March

Excessive modesty, etc. See Adjectives. Amour- p1apre[L.]. Selt'~lo\'e. Constzrlint. Unnaturalness in manner resulting from timidity . ante, etc ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing Around the World (2013)

by Jill Condra

dress, an outer modesty garment, and a head covering known as a futa. Basic dress is conservative, but not boring, ...

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Quotes about Modesty

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. (Jean Jacques Rousseau)
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Scrabble value of M3O1D2E1S1T1Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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