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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
5. Extrinsic Affections
 
879. Humility.
 
  
NOUN:HUMILITY, humbleness, meekness, lowness, lowliness, lowlihood; abasement, self-abase-ment; submission [See Submission]; resignation.
  modesty, timidity [See Modesty]; verecundity [obs.], blush, suffusion, confusion; sense of -shame, - disgrace; humiliation, mortification; letdown, setdown.
  CONDESCENSION; affability (courtesy) [See Courtesy].
  
VERB:BE HUMBLE &c. adj.; deign, vouch-safe, condescend; humble oneself, demean oneself [colloq.]; stoop, - to conquer; carry coals; submit [See Submission]; submit with a good grace (brook) [See Inexcitability]; yield the palm.
  lower one’s -tone, - note; sing small [colloq.], draw in one’s horns [colloq.], sober down; hide one’s -face, - diminished head; not dare to show one’s face, take shame to oneself, not have a word to say for oneself; feel -, be conscious of- -shame, - disgrace; be humiliated, be put out of countenance, be shamed, be put to the blush &c. v.; receive a snub; eat humble pie, eat crow, eat dirt; drink the cup of humiliation to the dregs.
  blush for, blush up to the eyes; redden, change color; color up; hang one’s head, look foolish, feel small.
  RENDER HUMBLE; humble, humiliate; let -, set -, take -, tread -, frown- down; snub, abash, abase, make one sing small [colloq.], strike dumb; teach one his distance; take down a peg, - lower; throw -, cast- into the shade [See Disrepute]; stare -, put- out of countenance; put to the blush; confuse, ashame [rare], shame, mortify, disgrace, crush; send away with a flea in one’s ear [colloq.].
  get a setdown.
  
ADJECTIVE:HUMBLE ,lowly, meek; modest [See Modesty]; humble-minded, sober-minded; unoffended; submissive [See Submission]; servile [See Servility].
  CONDESCENDING; affable (courteous) [See Courtesy].
  HUMBLED &c. v.; bowed down, resigned; abashed, ashamed, dashed; out of countenance; down in the mouth; down on one’s -knees, - marrowbones [colloq.], - uppers [colloq.]; humbled in the dust, brow-beaten; chapfallen, crestfallen; dumfoundered or dumbfoundered, flabbergasted [colloq.], struck all of a heap [colloq.]; shorn of one’s glory (disrepute) [See Disrepute].
  
ADVERB:HUMBLY; with downcast eyes, with bated breath, on bended knee; on all fours; with one’s tail between one’s legs.
  UNDER CORRECTION, with due deference.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. I am your -obedient, - very humble- servant.
  2. My service to you.
  3. Da locum melioribus.—Terence
  4. Parvum parva decent.—Horace
  5. Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice.—Selden

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