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. Displaced native Old English ēaþmōdnes.
- 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.
- Commonly used to mean “modesty, lack of pride” (with respect to one’s achievements), and in formal religious contexts to refer to a transcendent egolessness.
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