Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.

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  • adjective Shy, extremely humble and modest; making oneself seem unnoticeable.

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  • adjective reluctant to draw attention to yourself

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Examples

  • Weingart stared straight ahead, his expression self-effacing, his hands resting on the spokes of his steering wheel.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Weingart stared straight ahead, his expression self-effacing, his hands resting on the spokes of his steering wheel.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Weingart stared straight ahead, his expression self-effacing, his hands resting on the spokes of his steering wheel.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Weingart stared straight ahead, his expression self-effacing, his hands resting on the spokes of his steering wheel.

    The Glass Rainbow

  • Lily is a rather private person and has been described as self-effacing.

    HerScopes

  • Lily is a rather private person and has been described as self-effacing.

    HerScopes

  • Lily is a rather private person and has been described as self-effacing.

    HerScopes

  • This rabbi is too self-effacing and that one— good God!

    The Search

  • Though self-effacing "It isn't my personality to be particularly proud of what I do" the composer seems to recognize his legacy as arguably the only living film composer with both classical credentials and name recognition among everyday moviegoers.

    The Last Movie Maestro

  • "We did not know about that," Kriemler says, in characteristically self-effacing fashion.

    The Discreet Charm of Akris

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