Meaning of “false modesty” in the English Dictionary

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"false modesty" in British English

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false modestynoun [ U ]

uk /ˌfɒls ˈmɒd.ɪ.sti/ us /ˌfɑːls ˈmɑː.dɪ.sti/

behaviour in which a person pretends to have a low opinion of their own abilities or achievements:

He shows great pride in his work and has no false modesty about his success.

(Definition of “false modesty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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