Definitions for: Modesty


[n] formality and propriety of manner
[n] freedom from vanity or conceit



Webster (1913) Definition: Mod"es*ty, n. [L. modestia: cf. F. modestie. See
Modest.]
1. The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper
which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth
and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and
presumption; humility respecting one's own merit.

2. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and
the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due
regard for propriety in speech or action.

Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. --Shak.

Modesty piece, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over
the bosom. [Obs.] --Addison.

Syn: Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See
Bashfulness, and Humility.

Synonyms: reserve

Antonyms: immodesty

See Also: correctitude, decency, demureness, Grundyism, primness, properness, propriety, prudery, prudishness

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