• WordNet 3.6
    • adv modestly with modesty; in a modest manner "the dissertation was entitled, modestly, `Remarks about a play by Shakespeare'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Modestly In a modest manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • modestly In a modest manner; with due reserve, propriety, or decorum; unobtrusively; delicately; moderately: as, to speak modestly of one's achievements; to behave, dress, or live modestly.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him.”
  • Socrates
    “In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.”


In literature:

A million soldiers in blue melted quietly into the modest garb of citizens.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
I could demand half, but I will be modest.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Though modest and retiring in his disposition, he has no shamefacedness.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
In manner, the poet was modest and unassuming, and his utterance was slow and defective.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Under these circumstances a modest fund, some provision against a rainy day, was of the highest consequence.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Don't wear jewelry of a gaudy character; genuine jewelry modestly worn is not out of place.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Richard was young and excellently modest.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
His life was modest; he honoured those that he served.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
She was a young woman, perhaps thirty years of age, and not unprepossessing in appearance, in spite of her modest uniform.
"Mary Louise Solves a Mystery" by L. Frank Baum
He had used his modest earnings in settling the debts of the family estate.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day

In poetry:

How modest! Criticus! thou wilt not wear
A single honor--nobler is thy care--
Thou wilt not, merely, reign the Muse's sire;
But thou wilt sometimes woo her willing lyre!
"Criticus" by James Avis Bartley
And meek Simplicity, neglected maid,
Shall bid my fair in native graces shine:
She, only she, shall lend her modest aid,
Chaste, sober priestess, at sweet beauty's shrine!
"Delia, An Elegy" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
My dwelling is modest, lacking splendour,
but warm and bright and open to strangers.
A fire’s in the grate, on the table a candle –
my lost brother, stay and get warm.
"On A Summer’s Day" by Hayyim Nahman Bialik
Ah! What avails, that round her polish'd form
The modest Graces lent each varied charm!
Ah! What avails the friend surrounded bier,
Or e'en a matchless Husband's hopeless tear!
"Elegiack Lines" by Judith Sargent Murray
What pang, alas! what ecstasy of smart
Tore up my senses and transfix'd my heart,
When she with modest scorn the wreath return'd,
Reclined her beauteous neck, and inward mourn'd!
"Solomon on the Vanity of the World, A Poem. In Three Books. - Pleasure. Book II." by Matthew Prior
There friendship shall lure modest worth to our door,
And shelter from care's wintry blast;
Content, deck'd in smiles, spread her pastoral store,
And Miranda prepare the repast!--
"May-Day ; Or, The Discovery. A Pastoral. In The Manner of Cunningham" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

But the full quotation seems more modest.
One day Barbara Saavedra's modest adobe home, deep in southeastern Bolivia, turned white — and miraculously, for the first time ever, bug-free.
Federal officials say new scanning software being installed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will provide a more modest picture of passengers being scanned by X-ray equipment.
The train reached the speed Friday morning in a modest milestone for President Barack Obama's high-speed rail vision.
Greg Atkinson is so modest (and handsome…).
As long as you avoid the terrible green color of our test model, the style and usability of Sony's VAIO EA series make one of these laptops worth the modest price premium you'll pay.
Though its benefits may be modest at best in many cases, the lateral recruiting boom of recent years shows no signs of slowing down.
If Saddam Hussein is having trouble finding admirers elsewhere in the world, he need only visit this modest village.
Even a legend has to start somewhere, and the story of Lotus has an origin more modest than most.
He used a common architectural language for the modest, wood-framed homes.
But is the New Modesty really all that modest .
But there is at least one modest minimalist in town, and that's John Roberts Jr. Roberts's modest stance is generally consistent with how he has behaved over the last several years.
The state may be back, but the politicians should be modest .
Ora Garway runs the tiny newspaper Punch, which despite its modest size has exposed the need for reform in Liberia, a West African country still recovering from a civil war.
What do wealthy celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Leonardo Dicaprio and Yoko Ono have against New Yorkers of more modest means.

In science:

However, the correlation coefficients in this range are modest, typically |r| ≃ 0.40 for Group I and somewhat higher (|r| ≃ 0.60) for Group II, so that this conclusion cannot be stressed too much.
An estimate of the time variation of the abundance gradient from planetary nebulae III. O, S, Ar, and Ne: A comparison of PN samples
But when we consider a more modest version of cumulativity, we see what to do.
Domain closure conditions and definability preservation
Shelah, Classification theory for elementary classes with the dependence property - a modest beginning, Sci.
Groups, measures, and the NIP
Some other modest differences stem from the shortcomings of the transfer function formalism discussed in section 9.2 of the DETF appendix.
Evaluating Dark Energy Probes using Multi-Dimensional Dark Energy Parameters
All known, yet unobserved LMC PNe were potential targets for program 9077 (i.e., 224 visits were granted for program 9077), though only a modest fraction were actually observed.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae