Definitions for: Humble

[adj] of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly) birth"
[adj] marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful; "a humble apology"; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski
[adj] used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)
[adj] low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the people"; "small beginnings"
[v] cause to fee shame; hurt the pride of
[v] cause to be unpretentious; "This experience will humble him"

Webster (1913) Definition: Hum"ble, a. [Compar. Humbler; superl. Humblest.]
[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; not pretentious or
magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble

THy humble nest built on the ground. --Cowley.

2. 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; waek; modest.

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the
humble. --Jas. iv. 6.

She should be humble who would please. --Prior.

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

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

To eat humble pie, to endure mortification; to submit or
apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or
humilitation; -- 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.

Hum"ble, a.
Hornless. See Hummel. [Scot.]

Hum"ble, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humbled; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or
exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate.

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

The genius which humbled six marshals of France.

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.

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;

Synonyms: abase, base, baseborn, broken, chagrin, crushed, humbled, humiliate, humiliated, inferior, low, lowborn, lowly, meek, menial, mild, modest, mortify, small, unskilled

Antonyms: proud

See Also: alter, bruise, change, crush, degrade, demean, demolish, disgrace, efface, hurt, injure, offend, put down, spite, wound

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