Definitions for: Lowly


[adj] of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
[adj] inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"
[adj] used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
[adj] low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"



Webster (1913) Definition: Low"ly, a. [Compar. Lowlier; superl. Lowliest.]
[Low, a. + -ly.]
1. Not high; not elevated in place; low. ``Lowly lands.''
--Dryden.

2. Low in rank or social importance.

One common right the great and lowly claims. --Pope.

3. Not lofty or sublime; humble.

These rural poems, and their lowly strain. --Dryden.

4. Having a low esteem of one's own worth; humble; meek; free
from pride.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am
meek and lowly in heart. --Matt. xi.
29.


Low"ly, adv.
1. In a low manner; humbly; meekly; modestly. ``Be lowly
wise.'' --Milton.

2. In a low condition; meanly.

I will show myself highly fed, and lowly taught.
--Shak.

Synonyms: base, baseborn, humble, inferior, junior, junior-grade, low, lowborn, lower, lower-ranking, menial, modest, petty(a), secondary, small, subaltern, subordinate, unskilled

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Famous Quotes Containing Lowly:


True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.

-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca (Roman Statesman)

Rest assured that whatever station of life we are placed, princely or lowly, it contains the lessons and experiences necessary at the moment for our evolution, and gives us the best advantage for the development of ourselves.

-- Edward Bach (English Scientist)

Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.

-- Kenneth Grahame (Scottish Novelist)

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling, Round thoughts which owe their birth, To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.

-- Bernard Barton (American Poet)

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities... still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

-- Charles Darwin (English Scientist)

Were I as base as is the lowly plain, And you, my Love, as high as heaven above, Yet should the thoughts of me, your humble swain,.

-- Joshua Sylvester (English Poet)

Now, we occupy a lowly position, both in space and rank in comparison with the heavenly sphere, and the Almighty is Most High not in space, but with respect to absolute existence, greatness and power.

-- Maimonides (Spanish Philosopher)

The flower that smells the sweetest is shy and lowly.

-- William Wordsworth (English Poet)

Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

-- Ambrose Bierce (American Journalist)

No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool.

-- Thomas V. Smith ( -)


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