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"modesty" in British English

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modestynoun [U]

uk   /ˈmɒd.ɪ.sti/  us   /ˈmɑː.dɪ-/
  • modesty noun [U] (QUIET SUCCESS)

approving the ​quality of not ​talking about or not ​trying to make ​peoplenoticeyourabilities and ​achievements: She does a lot of ​work for ​charities, but her modesty forbids her from ​talking about it.in all modesty approving said when you ​want to say something good about yourself, but do not ​want to ​seem to ​think you are too ​important: In all modesty, we'd ​probably have ​lost the ​game if I hadn't been ​playing.
(Definition of modesty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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modestynoun [U]

 us   /ˈmɑd·ə·sti/
  • modesty noun [U] (CORRECTNESS)

correct or ​sociallyacceptablebehavior and ​clothes, ​representingtraditionalculturalvalues: Modesty is ​expected in the ​dorms as well as in the ​classrooms.
  • modesty noun [U] (QUIET SUCCESS)

the ​tendency not to ​talk about or make ​obviousyour own ​abilities and ​achievements: Sosa’s modesty and ​sportsmanship made him a ​fanfavorite.
(Definition of modesty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “modesty”
in Arabic تَواضُع…
in Korean 겸손함…
in Portuguese modéstia…
in Catalan modèstia…
in Japanese 謙そん…
in Chinese (Simplified) 成功不张扬, 谦虚,谦逊…
in Turkish alçak gönüllülük, mütevazılık, utangaçlık…
in Russian скромность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 成功而不張揚, 謙虛,謙遜…
in Italian modestia…
in Polish skromność…
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