modesty

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.

Primary Meanings of modesty

1.
n
formality and propriety of manner
2.
n
freedom from vanity or conceit
Full Definitions of modesty
1

n formality and propriety of manner

Synonyms:
reserve
Types:
demureness
the trait of behaving with reserve and decorum
Type of:
correctitude, properness, propriety
correct or appropriate behavior
2

n freedom from vanity or conceit

Synonyms:
modestness
Antonyms:
immodesty
the trait of being vain and conceited
Types:
Grundyism, primness, prudery, prudishness
excessive or affected modesty
Type of:
decency
the quality of conforming to standards of propriety and morality

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