Definition of humility in English:



mass noun
  • The quality of having a modest or low view of one's importance.

    ‘he needs the humility to accept that their way may be better’
    • ‘Yet, he has always carried the Indian badge with pride and his genius with humility.’
    • ‘The church is always linked with humility and a place where people seek solace.’
    • ‘It is beautiful out here and it is with a great deal of humility that I continue my journey.’
    • ‘As for the poor themselves, they should accept their allotted rank with humility.’
    • ‘The appropriate reaction to such a man consists in awe and reverence and humility rather than contempt.’
    • ‘He is intelligent, engaging and nimbly treads the line between humility and false modesty.’
    • ‘Cynics will say that Henry has a lot to be humble about - but humility is no bad thing.’
    • ‘One is sure to become his ardent admirer for his humility, his performance and his good manners.’
    • ‘The great thing about human problems is that they bring out compassion and humility.’
    • ‘He can engage anyone for hours in conversation with his simplicity and humility.’
    • ‘There is a compassionate side, a side that shows a lot of humility, and that is why he is as good as he is.’
    • ‘I think we all have to be humble and you have to have humility because things can change so fast in life.’
    • ‘The humility in her woeful eyes almost disclaims the homespun excellence of her clothes.’
    • ‘Whether he truly believes it or not, he continues to project humility and the essence of a job only half done.’
    • ‘If the system was being managed with humility and dignity people could face the end reassured and at peace.’
    • ‘He is a man of modesty and humility above all else, and is obviously passionate about sport.’
    • ‘And like his nephew, in upbringing he was clearly taught the value of humility and decency.’
    • ‘I am lucky to have got the kind of parents I have who have always taught me humility.’
    • ‘His down to earth humility endeared him to all and his good deeds were many down through the years.’
    • ‘He put his heart into everything he attempted, ready to accept his many successes with humility.’
    modesty, humbleness, modestness, meekness, lack of pride, lack of vanity, diffidence, unassertiveness
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Middle English: from Old French humilite, from Latin humilitas, from humilis (see humble).