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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

Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

Be modest, be respectful of others, try to understand.
Lakhdar Brahimi

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

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

Individual psychotherapy - that is, engaging a distressed fellow human in a disciplined conversation and human relationship - requires that the therapist have the proper temperament and philosophy of life for such work. By that I mean that the therapist must be patient, modest, and a perceptive listener, rather than a talker and advice-giver.
Thomas Szasz
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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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