What does humility mean?

Definitions for humility
hyuˈmɪl ɪ ti; often yu-hu·mil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. humility, humblenessnoun

    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride

    "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"

  2. humility, humblenessnoun

    a humble feeling

    "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"


  1. humilitynoun

    The characteristic of being humble; humbleness in character and behavior.

  2. Etymology: From humilite, from umilité, from humilitas, from humilis; see humble.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Humilitynoun

    Etymology: humilité, French.

    When we make profession of our faith, we stand; when we acknowledge our sins, or seek unto God for favour, we fall down; because the gesture of constancy becometh us best in the one, in the other the behaviour of humility. Richard Hooker.

    I do not know that Englishman alive,
    With whom my soul is any jot at odds,
    More than the infant that is born to-night;
    I thank my God for my humility. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    What the height of a king tempteth to revenge, the humility of a Christian teacheth to forgive. Charles I .

    The humility of the style gained them many friends. Edward Hyde.

    There are some that use
    Humility to serve their pride, and seem
    Humble upon their way, to be the prouder
    At their wish’d journey’s end. John Denham, Sophy.

    It is an easy matter, when there is no danger of a trial, to extol humility in the midst of honours, or to begin a fast after dinner. Robert South, Sermons.

    As high turrets, for their airy steep,
    Require foundations in proportion deep;
    And lofty cedars as far upwards shoot,
    As to the nether heavens they drive the root;
    So low did her secure foundation lye,
    She was not humble, but humility. Dryden.

    With these humilities they satisfied the young king, and by their bowing and bending avoided the present storm. Davies.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humilitynoun

    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

  2. Humilitynoun

    an act of submission or courtesy


  1. Humility

    Humility is the quality of being modest or respectful. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of egolessness.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humility

    hū-mil′i-ti, n. the state or quality of being humble: lowliness of mind: modesty. [O. Fr. humilite—L. humilitat-emhumilis, low.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. humility

    1. The slippered patience of the disinherited. 2. The grogginess of the Ego. 3. To recede to the very bottom of one's own littleness. 4. The Marseillaise of the disappointed. 5. The odor of sanctity. 6. An Iago in plush and lavender. 7. Pride getting ready for a Pounce.

Editors Contribution

  1. humility

    The act and quality of being humble.

    Humility is a beautiful quality that we all are grateful for.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 2, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of humility in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of humility in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of humility in a Sentence

  1. William S. Burroughs:

    Humility is indeed beatness, a compulsory virtue that no one exhibits unless he has to.

  2. Greg Guma:

    Jane has changed him over the years, being part of a family has changed him, he became a little bit more humble in a way. His humility comes from his awareness that he is now the voice of a movement.

  3. Chilean President Sebastin Piera:

    I have heard with humility the voice of my compatriots.

  4. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Faith is the exoskeleton of success. 2. Selfishness creates abundance, which creates reality in the oblivion of nothingness. 3. The end of the world is a logical death from vicious, childish stupidity. 4. Everything turns into a technological formality, humanity into the politeness of hypocrisy, the technocracy of indifference, everything is the absolute emptiness of robotic consciousness. 5. The scenario of life is a scheme of life like a blueprint of a building, an abstraction of an illusory labyrinth of paradoxes, a space of dimensions of endless karmic confusion. 6. Life is a space of endless emptiness and illusions in it create an abundance of hallucinations and mirages of narcotic feelings of karmic cycles of déjà vu. 7. The way to the highest dimension of thinking is only through love. 8. 1. Life is a hypnosis of illusions. 2. A cry into emptiness, loneliness in the world of egoists, sensual suffering and emotional hell, from painful awareness, you die of awareness and resurrect differently, humility is like the death of a person in a straitjacket. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  5. Dee W. Hock:

    Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.

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