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Definition of Modest

Modest

  1. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest youth; a modest man.
  2. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; -- said of a woman.
  3. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy.

Modest Quotations

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Confucius

Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed he has a lot to be modest about.
Winston Churchill

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.
William Shakespeare

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.
Maya Angelou

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Confucius
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Modest Translations

modest in Danish is beskeden
modest in Dutch is bescheiden, discreet, ingetogen
modest in Finnish is vaatimaton
modest in French is pudique, modeste
modest in German is anspruchslos, bequem
modest in Italian is pudico, semplice
modest in Latin is vercundus
modest in Portuguese is modesto
modest in Spanish is modesto, casto

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