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English definition of “modesty”

modesty

noun [U] (QUIET SUCCESS)    /ˈmɒd.ɪ.sti/ US  /ˈmɑː.dɪ-/
approving the quality of not talking about or not trying to make people notice your abilities and achievements: She does a lot of work for charities, but her modesty forbids her from talking about it.Shy and modestAnxious and worried 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: Quite frankly, and in all modesty, we'd probably have lost the game if I hadn't been playing.Shy and modestAnxious and worried
(Definition of modesty noun (QUIET SUCCESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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