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humble    : [h'ʌmbəl]
Humble \Hum"ble\ (h[u^]m"b'l; 277), a. [Compar. {Humbler}
(h[u^]m"bl[~e]r); superl. {Humblest} (h[u^]m"bl[e^]st).] [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.
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Thy humble nest built on the ground. --Cowley.
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2. Not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming;
modest; as, a humble cottage. Used to describe objects.
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3. 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; weak; modest. Used to describe people.
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God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the
humble. --Jas. iv. 6.
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She should be humble who would please. --Prior.
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Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of
our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy
nation. --Washington.
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{Humble plant} (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the
genus {Mimosa} ({Mimosa sensitiva}).

{To eat humble pie}, to endure mortification; to submit or
apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or
humiliation; -- 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.
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Humble \Hum"ble\, a.
Hornless. See {Hummel}. [Scot.]
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Humble \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.
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Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's
Have humbled to all strokes. --Shak.
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The genius which humbled six marshals of France.
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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.
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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;
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adj 1: low or inferior in station or quality; "a humble
cottage"; "a lowly parish priest"; "a modest man of the
people"; "small beginnings" [synonym: {humble}, {low},
{lowly}, {modest}, {small}]
2: 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 [ant: {proud}]
3: used of unskilled work (especially domestic work) [synonym:
{humble}, {menial}, {lowly}]
4: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);
"baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or lowly)
birth" [synonym: {base}, {baseborn}, {humble}, {lowly}]
v 1: cause to be unpretentious; "This experience will humble
2: cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his
colleague by criticising him in front of the boss" [synonym:
{humiliate}, {mortify}, {chagrin}, {humble}, {abase}]

203 Moby Thesaurus words for "humble":
abase, abash, abject, accommodating, acquiescent, adapting,
adaptive, adjusting, altruistic, amenable, apologetic, base,
baseborn, beat down, below the salt, bend, break, break down,
bring down, bring low, bring to terms, broken, bump, bust,
cast down, chagrin, chasten, chastened, cockney, committed, common,
commonplace, compliant, conquer, consecrated, contrite, crush,
debase, dedicated, deferential, deflate, degrade, demean,
demeaning, demote, deplume, devoted, disadvantaged, discomfit,
disgrace, disgrade, disinterested, displume, domesticated,
dovelike, downgrade, embarrass, fell, flatten, gentle, homely,
housebroken, humble-looking, humble-visaged, humbled, humblest,
humiliate, ignoble, in the shade, inferior, infra dig, inglorious,
innocuous, insignificant, junior, lamblike, least, less, lesser,
let down, lose face, low, lowborn, lowbred, lower, lowest,
lowliest, lowly, master, mean, meek, melted, mild, minor, modest,
mortify, nonclerical, obedient, obscure, obsequious, ordinary,
overmaster, override, overwhelm, pacific, passive, peaceable,
penitent, penitential, penitentiary, plain, plebeian, poor,
prostrate, pull down, put down, put out, put to shame, quell,
quiet, reconciled, reduce, repentant, reserved, resigned,
respectful, ride down, rude, sacrificing, second rank,
second string, secondary, self-abasing, self-abnegating,
self-abnegatory, self-denying, self-devoted, self-effacing,
self-forgetful, self-immolating, self-neglectful, self-neglecting,
self-renouncing, self-sacrificing, self-unconscious, selfless,
servile, shabby-genteel, shame, sheepish, simple, sink, small,
smash, softened, strip of rank, sub, subaltern, subdue, subdued,
subject, subjugate, submissive, subordinate, subservient, suppress,
tame, tamed, teachable, third rank, third string, third-estate,
touched, trample down, trample underfoot, tread underfoot,
tyrannize, unacquisitive, unambitious, unaspiring, unassuming,
unboastful, uncomplaining, underprivileged, undistinguished,
ungenteel, unimportant, unimposing, unman, unobtrusive,
unostentatious, unpossessive, unprepossessing, unpresuming,
unpresumptuous, unpretending, unpretentious, unresisting,
unselfish, unsparing of self, unwashed, vanquish, vulgar

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