One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was always modest about her poetry’
self-effacing, self-deprecating, humble, unpretentious, unassuming, unpresuming, unostentatious, low-key, free from vanity, keeping one's light under a bushel
shy, bashful, self-conscious, diffident, timid, reserved, retiring, media-shy, reticent, quiet, coy, embarrassed, shamefaced, blushing, fearful, meek, docile, mild, apologetic
2‘a period of modest success’
moderate, fair, tolerable, passable, adequate, satisfactory, acceptable, unexceptional, small
light, limited, scanty, skimpy, frugal, meagre, sparse
3‘a modest house’
small, ordinary, simple, plain, humble, homely
inexpensive, low-cost, cheap, poor
unostentatious, unpretentious, unimposing
4‘the full-length skirt of her modest navy blue suit’
decorous, decent, seemly, demure, sober, severe
coy, proper, discreet, delicate, chaste, virtuous
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