VI. WORDS RELATING TO THE SENTIMENT AND MORAL POWERS

II. PERSONAL AFFECTIONS

4. Extrinsic Affections

Modesty.

[Antonyms: vanity.]

[Nouns] modesty; humility [more]; diffidence, timidity; retiring disposition; unobtrusiveness; bashfulness; mauvaise honte; blush, blushing; verecundity; self-knowledge.

reserve, constraint; demureness; "blushing honors" [Henry VIII].

[Verbs] be modest; retire, reserve oneself; give way to; draw in one's horns [more]; hide one's face.

keep private, keep in the background, keep one's distance; pursue the noiseless tenor of one's way, "do good by stealth and blush to find it fame" [Pope], hide one's light under a bushel, cast a sheep's eye.

[Adjectives] modest, diffident; humble [more]; timid, timorous, bashful; shy, nervous, skittish, coy, sheepish, shamefaced, blushing, overmodest.

unpretending, unpretentious; unobtrusive, unassuming, unostentatious, unboastful, unaspiring; poor in spirit.

out of countenance (humbled) [more].

reserved, constrained, demure.

[Adverbs] humbly; quietly, privately; without ceremony, without beat of drum; sans fa�on.

[Phrases] "not stepping o'er the bounds of modesty" [Romeo and Juliet]; "thy modesty's a candle to thy merit" [Fielding].

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