What does modesty mean?

Definitions for modesty
ˈmɒd ə stimod·esty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word modesty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. modesty, modestness(noun)

    freedom from vanity or conceit

  2. modesty, reserve(noun)

    formality and propriety of manner

Wiktionary

  1. modesty(Noun)

    The quality of being modest; having a limited and not overly high opinion of oneself and one's abilities.

    Etymology: From modest + -y.

  2. modesty(Noun)

    Moderate behaviour; reserve.

    Etymology: From modest + -y.

  3. modesty(Noun)

    Pudency, prudish avoidance of sexual explicitness.

    Etymology: From modest + -y.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modesty(noun)

    the quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit

  2. Modesty(noun)

    natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action

Freebase

  1. Modesty

    Modesty is a mode of dress and deportment intended not to encourage sexual attraction in others; actual standards vary widely. In this use, it can be considered inappropriate or immodest to reveal certain parts of the body. A modest woman would not behave so as to encourage the sexual attention of men. In some societies women must cover their bodies completely and may never talk to men who are not immediate family members; in others a fairly revealing but one-piece bathing costume is considered modest when other women wear bikinis. Modesty in dress and deportment is usually encouraged by peer pressure, although a few countries enforce rigid dress codes. In some countries, exposure of the body in breach of community standards of modesty is also considered to be public indecency, and public nudity is generally illegal in most of the world and regarded as indecent exposure. However, nudity is at times tolerated in some societies; for example, during a world naked bike ride, while a lone man attempting to walk naked from south to north Britain was repeatedly imprisoned. Small children are widely not expected to be fully clothed in public until they are grown up. In semi-public contexts standards of modesty vary. Nudity may be acceptable in public single-sex changing rooms at swimming baths, for example, or for mass medical examination of men for military service. In private, standards again depend upon the circumstances. A person who would never disrobe in the presence of a physician of the opposite sex in a social context might unquestioningly do so for a medical examination; others might allow examination, but only by a person of the same sex.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. modesty

    1. A beau-catcher that young ladies wear and women affect. 2. In a sweetmeat, the souffle through which we dig to reach the plums. 3. The blush on the face of Desire at the consciousness of its own immodesty. 4. Among men modesty is the will-to-wait and seize. 5. Venom, who sidles into corners and shuns the limelight, so that he may the better see. 6. The attitude of mind that precedes the pounce. 7. The subtlest symptom of paranoia. 8. Egotism turned wrong side out.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of modesty in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of modesty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of modesty in a Sentence

  1. Jason Lewis ':

    Well, the thing is, can we call anybody a slut ? This is what begs the question. Take this woman out of it, take Rush out of it for a moment, does a woman now have the right to behave -- and I know there's a double standard between the way men chase women and running and running around -- you know, I'm not going to get there, but you know what I'm talking about. But it used to be that women were held to a little bit of a higher standard. We required modesty from women. Now, are we beyond those days where a woman can behave as a slut, but you can't call her a slut ?

  2. Addison:

    A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every talent which a man can be possessed of. It heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades of paintings, it raises and rounds every figure, and makes the colours more beautiful, though not so glowing as they would be without it.

  3. Johann von Goethe:

    Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.

  4. Harriet Martineau:

    Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.

  5. Yves Saint Laurent:

    I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes.

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Translations for modesty

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  • skromnostCzech
  • BescheidenheitGerman
  • μετριοπάθεια, μετριοφροσύνη, ταπεινότητα, σεμνότηταGreek
  • modesteco, seksmodestecoEsperanto
  • آزرمPersian
  • säädyllisyys, siveys, vaatimattomuus, häveliäisyys, kainousFinnish
  • pudeur, modestieFrench
  • համեստությունArmenian
  • მოკრძალებაGeorgian
  • schroom, bescheidenheid, gereserveerdheidDutch
  • skromnośćPolish
  • modéstiaPortuguese
  • modestie, rezervă, puritate, castitateRomanian
  • благопристойность, застенчивость, скромность, сдержанность, целомудрие, стыдливостьRussian
  • че̏дно̄ст, скро̏мно̄ст, skrȍmnōst, čȅdnōstSerbo-Croatian
  • skromnostSlovene
  • వినయముTelugu
  • شائستگیUrdu

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