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From humilis (humble) +‎ -tās (-ity”, “-ness).





humilitās f (genitive humilitātis); third declension

  1. insignificance, lowliness, unimportance
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Lucas.1.46–48:
      Magnificat anima mea Dominum, et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo, quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae.
      My soul does magnify the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour, because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid.
  2. degradation, debasement, humiliation
  3. submissiveness, obedience
  4. (post-Classical) humility, modesty
    • c. 420 CE, John Cassian, De institutis coenobiorum 12.31:
      Humilitas vero nullatenus poterit absque nuditate conquiri.
      Humility, indeed, can in no way be acquired without nakedness.



Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative humilitās humilitātēs
Genitive humilitātis humilitātum
Dative humilitātī humilitātibus
Accusative humilitātem humilitātēs
Ablative humilitāte humilitātibus
Vocative humilitās humilitātēs




  • humilitas”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • humilitas”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • humilitas in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • humilitas in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Souter, Alexander (1949) “humilitas”, in A Glossary of Later Latin to 600 A.D.[1], 1st edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, published 1957, page 177
  • Niermeyer, Jan Frederik (1976) “humilitas”, in Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus, Leiden, Boston: E. J. Brill, page 507