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self-effacement

Definitions

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  • n. The act of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous

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Examples

  • When he bows to foreign leaders, he is not displaying "otherness" but the counterculture Americanism of honorable self-effacement in which America acknowledges its own capacity for evil as prelude to engagement.

    A Referendum on the Redeemer

  • Jane Kirk, a Republican from Nelson, gushed over Mr. Huntsman's manners, his self-effacement and his low-key discourse.

    Huntsman Finds Center Stage

  • It is a privilege to work with Steve whose smarts and self-effacement are legendary in a town that rarely sees much of those qualities in combination.

    The Longest War

  • Khusraw exclaims: Then I said, 'In that case, my friend, you have made no hajj, you have not become a dweller in the station of self-effacement.

    Zahra N. Jamal, Ph.D.: Hajj Diaries: The Multiple Dimensions Of Muslim Pilgrimage

  • Anti-exceptionalism has clearly shaped his "leading from behind" profile abroad—an offer of self-effacement to offset the presumed American evil of swaggering cowboyism.

    Obama and the Burden of Exceptionalism

  • I gave up trying to interview them after a few minutes and like the audience I just watched in silent admiration and awe as these two East Coast-born, L.A.-raised Jewish teenagers (notwithstanding their birth certificates that said they were both in their seventies) regaled us with stories of the early days of rock 'n' roll and (with self-effacement) their seminal part in its development.

    Martin Lewis: Is That All There Is? A Fond Farewell to Jerry Leiber

  • Stephen Colbert reflected Beck's genius and self-effacement when, as host of the 2010 Grammy Awards, he told a worldwide audience, You know the game 'Guitar Hero?'

    Michael Sigman: Jeff Beck at 67: Perennial Guitar Hero

  • Also hard not to admire Jennings' ultimately human self-effacement.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • In a country where consensus rules and savvy politicians practice the art of self-effacement, Blocher was a brash billionaire industrialist who had used his fortune to finance various right-wing causes.

    Fallout

  • One of those young Germans whose minds were blown by studying with Joseph Beuys, Palermo emulated not his teacher's mythmaking, but his fellow students' self-effacement and post-modernist sense of tragic exhaustion.

    Peter Frank: Pioneering Art: Three Retrospectives At LACMA

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