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Meaning of humility by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English humilite, from Old French ( h )umilité, from Latin humilitas ( “lowness, meanness, baseness, in Late Latin humility” ), from humilis ( “low, lowly, humble, earth” ); see humble .


    humility ( countable and uncountable; plural: humilities )

    1. The characteristic of being humble; humbleness in character and behavior .

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Explanation of humility by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a disposition to be humble

    2. not everyone regards humility as a virtue
    3. a humble feeling

    4. he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope

    Definition of humility by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Humility n.; pl. Humilities [OE. humilite, OF. humilité, humelité, F. humilité, fr. L. humiliatis. See Humble.]
      1. The state or quality of being humble; freedom from pride and arrogance; lowliness of mind; a modest estimate of one's own worth; a sense of one's own unworthiness through imperfection and sinfulness; self-abasement; humbleness.

      Serving the Lord with all humility of mind. Acts xx. 19.

      2. An act of submission or courtesy.

      With these humilities they satisfied the young king. Sir J. Davies.

      Syn. -- Lowliness; humbleness; meekness; modesty; diffidence. -- Humility, Modesty, Diffidence. Diffidence is a distrust of our powers, combined with a fear lest our failure should be censured, since a dread of failure unconnected with a dread of censure is not usually called diffidence. It may be carried too far, and is not always, like modesty and humility, a virtue. Modesty, without supposing self-distrust, implies an unwillingness to put ourselves forward, and an absence of all over-confidence in our own powers. Humility consists in rating our claims low, in being willing to waive our rights, and take a lower place than might be our due. It does not require of us to underrate ourselves.

    2. Upland, a.
      1. Of or pertaining to uplands; being on upland; high in situation; as, “upland inhabitants; upland pasturage”.

      Sometimes, with secure delight

      The upland hamlets will invite. Milton.

      2. Pertaining to the country, as distinguished from the neighborhood of towns; rustic; rude; unpolished. [Obs.W2] “ The race of upland giants.” Chapman.

      Upland moccasin. ( Zool. ) See Moccasin. -- Upland sandpiper, or Upland plover ( Zool. ), a large American sandpiper ( Bartramia longicauda ) much valued as a game bird. Unlike most sandpipers, it frequents fields and uplands. Called also Bartramian sandpiper, Bartram's tattler, field plover, grass plover, highland plover, hillbird, humility, prairie plover, prairie pigeon, prairie snipe, papabote, quaily, and uplander. -- Upland sumach ( Bot. ), a North American shrub of the genus Rhus ( Rhus glabra ), used in tanning and dyeing.