• WordNet 3.6
    • n humility a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"
    • n humility a humble feeling "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • Humility An act of submission or courtesy. "With these humilities they satisfied the young king."
    • Humility 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humility The state or character of being humble; freedom from pride and arrogance; lowliness of mind; a low estimate of one's self; self-abasement.
    • n humility An act of submission.
    • n humility A name of several different tattlers or totanine birds of the family Scolopacidæ. The semipalmated tattler or willet, Symphemia semipalmata. [Massachusetts.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Humility hū-mil′i-ti the state or quality of being humble: lowliness of mind: modesty.
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  • J. Swartz
    J. Swartz
    “Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.”
  • St. Augustine
    “It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”
  • Robert Burton
    “They are proud in humility, proud that they are not proud.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Too much humility is pride.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “Life is a long lesson in humility.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. humilite, OF. humilité, humelité, F. humilité, fr. L. humiliatis,. See Humble
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. humilite—L. humilitat-emhumilis, low.


In literature:

Surely this shows us that the heart of Deity is humility.
"The Calvary Road" by Roy Hession
I saw that it was joined with extraordinary humility.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
But man by so doing stirs himself up to pray and groan with greater humility and fervour.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
The humility of genius has again and again been noted.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
I often used to reproach her with her extreme humility.
"The Choice of Life" by Georgette Leblanc
Some teachers urged that a disciple should carry his humility even to the extreme of carrying his master's shoes.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
It is a job that engenders a healthy humility.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
The Saracens, abashed by the tranquil spirit of their royal prisoner, Louis IX., mistook his humility for pride.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
The church is full, and many remain outside, uncovered, and kneeling in humility.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Real inheritances become ours only through humility.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
You must be taught, sir, the virtue of humility in a prisoner.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
Meek Handmaid of the Lord, Hail model of humility!
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
The Master said, Smooth words, fawning looks, and overdone humility, Tso Ch'iu-ming thought shameful, and so do I.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Dove, the, a type of humility, 120. iv.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
I make the suggestion in all sincerity and with due humility.
"Third class in Indian railways" by Mahatma Gandhi
Let it not be palliated, as if consistent with humility.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Service coming from humility, and humility manifested in service, are the requirements laid down in the text.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
But the true humility with which he regarded them betokened a character for which he need not have blushed.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
Again, that disarming humility.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It can, however, do no harm to discuss this important subject with proper reverence and humility.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth

In poetry:

What if he felt the natural pride
Of power in noble use, too true
With thin humilities to hide
The work he did, the lore he knew?
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Receiue him here by my vnworthy hand,
And reade his paths of faire humility;
Who though our sinnes in number passe the sand,
They all are purg'd by his Diuinity.
"The Authors Dreame To The Ladie Marie" by Aemilia Lanyer
Methinks I hear, as I lie slowly dying,
Indulgent friends say, weeping, "He was good."
I fail to speak, a faint denial trying,—
They answer, "His humility withstood."
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
Jesus came—the heavens adoring—
came with peace from realms on high;
Jesus came for man's redemption,
lowly came on earth to die:
Alleluia, alleluia!
came in deep humility.
"Jesus Came -- The Heavens Adoring" by Godfrey Thring
That our work may be divine
Seek we not our own but Thine;
Lost to self and found 'in Thee,'
Find we sweet Humility,
Zeal by reverent Love refined,
True Devotion's single mind.
"In Thee. A Hymn For Church-Workers. Dedicated To The 'Church Society' Of St. Paul's, Haggerston" by Samuel John Stone
'Tis not much; all the bread that can with it be bought,
Will scarce give a morsel to each
Of his eight hungry children;—reflection and thought
Should you more humility teach.
"Charity" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Texas coach Royal's legacy spun with discipline, humility , humor.
Darrell Royal's greatness exceeded only by humility .
Blessed John XXIII's Hometown: School of Humility and Hard Work.
Humility and Being Wrong.
Cardinals show class and humility in weekend recognitions.
Believers should learn to walk in humility .
Humility bolsters end's game.
A Little Humility Would Help.
Macy accepts award at Boulder film fest with humor, humility .
Humility is not the coin of the realm right now.
Even as defending National League West champions, the Arizona Diamondbacks are determined to maintain a level of humility going into the 2012 season.
In religion vs science, both sides need humility .
Humility and joy are strange bedfollows — Susan Bennett.
In this hour, it's humility that's needed.
A Little Humility Goes a Long Way.

In science:

It is a lesson in humility to return to the original Fortuin–Kasteleyn papers [53, 55], and especially , where so much of the basic theory was first presented.
The Random-Cluster Model
Lewis (2004), ‘Ramseyan Humility’, forthcoming in The Canberra Plan, ed. D.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Terms like ‘being’, ‘beer’, ‘existent’, etc., would seem to me lacking in humility.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
However, there is much more to do and humility in the face of this age-old challenge is clearly the most prudent stance as we seek its eventual resolution.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Will we know Everything? More likely, I think, is that as we learn many additional facts, we will also come to comprehend more clearly how much we don’t know – and, let us hope, learn an appropriate humility.
Future Summary
There could be a compensating moral gain, however, in wellearned humility.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
But the motivations of these domains are very different. Mutual understanding needs much humility and efforts in order to make concepts comprehensive for both fields. In recent years much has been expected from quantum approaches outside Physics.
Quantum-like Tests for Contextual Querying
His sense of humor, humility, and flexibility are much appreciated.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
Requested by Beethoven of his opinion about that music, Carlo at first refrains to speak, but then, as Beethoven insists, with great humility admits he would have expected some more sublime music.
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics
Physicists are not known for their humility, and some physicists have presented their work in a manner that plays into this stereotype.
Physicists attempt to scale the ivory towers of finance