Modesty is that shy feeling you get when someone brags about how great you are, or when you need to take off your shirt to go swimming and showing skin makes you squirm. If you blush, you’ve got some modesty.

Modesty comes from the Latin modestus, which literally translates as “keeping due measure.” Knowing the correct measure of yourself is modesty, and when someone praises you too much, your modesty might kick in and make you want to tell them to be quiet. Modesty also means you keep things decent and not too outrageous, like wearing clothes that hide your skin, or painting your walls beige instead of covering them with glow-in-the-dark diamond wallpaper.

Definitions of modesty
  1. noun
    formality and propriety of manner
    synonyms: reserve
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    the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
    type of:
    correctitude, properness, propriety
    correct or appropriate behavior
  2. noun
    freedom from vanity or conceit
    synonyms: modestness
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    the trait of being vain and conceited
    Grundyism, primness, prudery, prudishness
    excessive or affected modesty
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    the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality
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