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Meaning of HUMILITY

Pronunciation:  hyoo'militee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride; "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"
  2. [n]  a humble feeling; "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"

HUMILITY is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: humbleness, humbleness
 Antonyms: pride, pride, pridefulness
 See Also: feeling, meekness, meekness, self-depreciation, submission, trait



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hu*mil"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Humilities}. [OE. humilite, OF.
humilit['e], humelit['e], F. humilit['e], 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.

Syn: Lowliness; humbleness; meekness; modesty; diffidence.

Usage: {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

Easton Bible Dictionary

a prominent Christian grace (Rom. 12:3; 15:17, 18; 1 Cor. 3:5-7; 2 Cor. 3:5; Phil. 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well pleasing to God (1 Pet. 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquillity (Ps. 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).

Christ has set us an example of humility (Phil. 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lam. 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honour (Prov. 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Ps. 147:6; Isa. 57:15; 66:2; 1 Pet. 5:5). It is a "great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory."

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