Definitions

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  • adj. superlative form of modest: most modest.

Etymologies

modest +‎ -est (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You know, Mr. Hickman, that ladies are very shy of trusting themselves with the modestest of our sex, when they are disposed to sleep; and why so, if they did not expect that advantages would be taken of them at such times?

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The modestest women, Jack, must think, and think deeply sometimes.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • An air, a tone of voice, a composure of countenance to mildness and softness, which are all easily acquired, do the business: and without further examination, and possibly with the contrary qualities, that man is reckoned the gentlest, the modestest, and the best-natured man alive.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • It is certainly the modestest part of the business.

    Mansfield Park

  • Among women of reputation and virtue he is the modestest man alive; but his acquaintance give him a very different character among creatures of another stamp: you understand me.

    She Stoops to Conquer

  • What could my old friend Sir Charles mean by recommending his son as the modestest young man in town?

    She Stoops to Conquer

  • Religious Monke, and as demure in lookes, as the modestest Maide: like a notorious common drunkard, is a Taverne hunter, where making his luxurius matches, one while with one Whore, then againe with another; hee causeth mee every night to sit tarrying for him, even in the same sort as you found me: sometimes till midnight, and otherwhiles till broad day light in the morning.

    The Decameron

  • Nature appears in her richest attire, and Art, dressed with the modestest simplicity, attends her benignant mistress.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Nevertheless, after you have turn'd it and wound it so as you will, the sending of him to the University of Oxford bears the sway; and there to let him study Theology being the modestest Faculty, by one of the learnedst and famousest Doctors.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • Let me add, in conclusion, that Robson, off the stage, is one of the mildest, modestest, most unassuming of men.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

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