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English definition of “self-effacing”

self-effacing

adjective uk   /ˌself.ɪˈfeɪ.sɪŋ/ us  
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
self-effacement
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
self-effacingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
(Definition of self-effacing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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