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English definition of “self-effacing”

self-effacing

adjective     /ˌself.ɪˈfeɪ.sɪŋ/
not making yourself noticeable, or not trying to get the attention of other people: The captain was typically self-effacing when questioned about the team's successes, giving credit to the other players. → Synonym modestShy and modestAnxious and worried self-effacement     /-mənt/ noun [U] Shy and modestAnxious and worried self-effacingly     /-li/ adverb Shy and modestAnxious and worried
(Definition of self-effacing adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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