humility

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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), equivalent to humble +‎ -ity.; see humble. Doublet of omerta.

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humility (countable and uncountable, plural humilities)

  1. The characteristic of being humble; humbleness in character and behavior.
    • 1930, Norman Lindsay, Redheap, Sydney: Ure Smith, published 1965, page 193:
      She had established a character for humility, discretion, noiselessness and religion which Mrs. Piper greatly regretted losing.

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