Humility is the quality of being humble. If you meet one of your heroes and feel nervous and in awe for her, you are experiencing humility.

Humility comes from the Latin word humilis, which literally means low. If you feel humility in front of someone, you feel small in the scheme of things — that you are just a simple, insignificant person. Someone who spends his life taking care of others shows humility. Although it's related to humiliation (which makes you feel low in a bad way), humility is usually used to talk about a lack of ego.

Definitions of humility
  1. noun
    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    “not everyone regards humility as a virtue”
    synonyms: humbleness
    see moresee less
    conceit, conceitedness, vanity
    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
    meekness, subduedness
    a disposition to be patient and long suffering
    the quality of lacking a strong character; an irresolute disposition
    type of:
    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  2. noun
    a humble feeling
    “he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope”
    synonyms: humbleness
    see moresee less
    pride, pridefulness
    a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
    meekness, submission
    the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness
    a feeling of being of little worth
    type of:
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
Word Family