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Definition of HUMBLE

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Humble \Hum"ble\ (h[u^]m"b'l; 277), a. [Compar. {Humbler} (h[u^]m"bl[~e]r); superl. {Humblest} (h[u^]m"bl[e^]st).] [F., fr. L. humilis on the ground, low, fr. humus the earth, ground. See {Homage}, and cf. {Chameleon}, {Humiliate}.]
     1. Near the ground; not high or lofty.
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              Thy humble nest built on the ground.  --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

     2. Not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; modest; as, a humble cottage. Used to describe objects. [1913 Webster]

     3. Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands of God; lowly; weak; modest. Used to describe people. [1913 Webster]

              God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.                               --Jas. iv. 6. [1913 Webster]

              She should be humble who would please. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

              Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy nation.                               --Washington. [1913 Webster]

     {Humble plant} (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the genus {Mimosa} ({Mimosa sensitiva}).

     {To eat humble pie}, to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humiliation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See {Humbles}. --Halliwell. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Humble \Hum"ble\, a.
     Hornless. See {Hummel}. [Scot.]
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Humble \Hum"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Humbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Humbling}.]
     1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate. [1913 Webster]

              Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's plagues Have humbled to all strokes.          --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The genius which humbled six marshals of France.
                                                    --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     2. To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiently of; to make meek and submissive; -- often used rexlexively. [1913 Webster]

              Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you.           --1 Pet. v. 6.

     Syn: To abase; lower; depress; humiliate; mortify; disgrace; degrade. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

203 Moby Thesaurus words for "humble":
     abase, abash, abject, accommodating, acquiescent, adapting, adaptive, adjusting, altruistic, amenable, apologetic, base, baseborn, beat down, below the salt, bend, break, break down, bring down, bring low, bring to terms, broken, bump, bust, cast down, chagrin, chasten, chastened, cockney, committed, common, commonplace, compliant, conquer, consecrated, contrite, crush, debase, dedicated, deferential, deflate, degrade, demean, demeaning, demote, deplume, devoted, disadvantaged, discomfit, disgrace, disgrade, disinterested, displume, domesticated, dovelike, downgrade, embarrass, fell, flatten, gentle, homely, housebroken, humble-looking, humble-visaged, humbled, humblest, humiliate, ignoble, in the shade, inferior, infra dig, inglorious, innocuous, insignificant, junior, lamblike, least, less, lesser, let down, lose face, low, lowborn, lowbred, lower, lowest, lowliest, lowly, master, mean, meek, melted, mild, minor, modest, mortify, nonclerical, obedient, obscure, obsequious, ordinary, overmaster, override, overwhelm, pacific, passive, peaceable, penitent, penitential, penitentiary, plain, plebeian, poor, prostrate, pull down, put down, put out, put to shame, quell, quiet, reconciled, reduce, repentant, reserved, resigned, respectful, ride down, rude, sacrificing, second rank, second string, secondary, self-abasing, self-abnegating, self-abnegatory, self-denying, self-devoted, self-effacing, self-forgetful, self-immolating, self-neglectful, self-neglecting, self-renouncing, self-sacrificing, self-unconscious, selfless, servile, shabby-genteel, shame, sheepish, simple, sink, small, smash, softened, strip of rank, sub, subaltern, subdue, subdued, subject, subjugate, submissive, subordinate, subservient, suppress, tame, tamed, teachable, third rank, third string, third-estate, touched, trample down, trample underfoot, tread underfoot, tyrannize, unacquisitive, unambitious, unaspiring, unassuming, unboastful, uncomplaining, underprivileged, undistinguished, ungenteel, unimportant, unimposing, unman, unobtrusive, unostentatious, unpossessive, unprepossessing, unpresuming, unpresumptuous, unpretending, unpretentious, unresisting, unselfish, unsparing of self, unwashed, vanquish, vulgar


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