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modesty

mod·es·ty

modesty

 
pronunciation:
ma dih sti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: modesties
definition 1: the quality of being modest; lack of vanity or pretense.
Her modesty prevented her from describing her many accomplishments.
synonyms:
humility, self-effacement
antonyms:
arrogance, glory, splendor, vanity
similar words:
constraint, shame, simplicity
definition 2: decency or propriety in behavior, dress, speech, and the like.
When she started wearing very short skirts, her grandmother complained that she had no modesty.
synonyms:
decency, decorum, propriety, seemliness
similar words:
prudery
Word Parts
The word modesty contains the following part:
-y2 Latin and Greek noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, act, or practice of