Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. moderateness; smallness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Moderateness; smallness; meanness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Moderateness; meanness; littleness.

Etymologies

Latin modicitas; compare French modicité. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mrs. Touchett inhabited an historic building in a narrow street whose very name recalled the strife of medieval factions; and found compensation for the darkness of her frontage in the modicity of her rent and the brightness of a garden where nature itself looked as archaic as the rugged architecture of the palace and which cleared and scented the rooms in regular use.

    The Portrait of a Lady

  • Mrs. Touchett inhabited an historic building in a narrow street whose very name recalled the strife of Mediæval factions; and found compensation for the darkness of her frontage in the modicity of her rent and the brightness of a garden in which nature itself looked as archaic as the rugged architecture of the palace and which illumined the rooms that were in regular use.

    Chapter XXIII

  • Mrs. Touchett inhabited an historic building in a narrow street whose very name recalled the strife of mediaeval factions; and found compensation for the darkness of her frontage in the modicity of her rent and the brightness of a garden where nature itself looked as archaic as the rugged architecture of the palace and which cleared and scented the rooms in regular use.

    The Portrait of a Lady

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