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1‘her bearing was very humble and apologetic’
meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, self-effacing, unassertive, unpresuming
modest, unassuming, self-deprecating, free from vanity, hiding one's light under a bushel
obsequious, sycophantic, servile
2‘she came from a humble, unprivileged background’
low-ranking, low, lowly, lower-class, plebeian, proletarian, working-class, undistinguished, poor, mean, ignoble, of low birth, low-born, of low rank
common, commonplace, ordinary, simple, inferior, unimportant, unremarkable, insignificant, inconsequential
3‘welcome to my humble abode’
unpretentious, modest, unostentatious, plain, simple, ordinary
1‘I knew he had humbled himself to ask for my help’
humiliate, abase, demean, belittle, lower, degrade, debase, bring down, bring low
mortify, shame, put to shame, abash, subdue, chasten, make someone eat humble pie, take down a peg or two
informal put down, cut down to size, settle someone's hash
North American informal make someone eat crow
2‘Wales were humbled at Cardiff Arms Park by Romania’
defeat, beat, beat hollow, crush, trounce, conquer, vanquish, rout, smash, overwhelm, get the better of, give a drubbing to, bring someone to their knees
informal lick, clobber, hammer, slaughter, murder, massacre, crucify, wipe the floor with, walk all over
North American informal shellac, blow out, cream, skunk
US informal own
be victorious over
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