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English definition of “false modesty”

false modesty

noun [U]    
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 .Faking and pretending
(Definition of false modesty noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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