from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not drawing attention to oneself; modest.
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- adj. Shy, extremely humble and modest; making oneself seem unnoticeable.
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- adj. reluctant to draw attention to yourself
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Weingart stared straight ahead, his expression self-effacing, his hands resting on the spokes of his steering wheel.
Lily is a rather private person and has been described as self-effacing.
This rabbi is too self-effacing and that one— good God!
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.
"We did not know about that," Kriemler says, in characteristically self-effacing fashion.
Soft-spoken and self-effacing, Isaak may be an unconventional host, but after three decades as recording artist (Wicked Game, Heart Shaped World) and actor (Silence of the Lambs, That Thing You Do!), the Grammy-nominated native of Stockton, Calif., can relate to the humble beginnings and seesaw careers of fellow artists.
After all, she's endeared herself to Americans with not just her hard partying ways, but her funny musings on life whale sperm is why the ocean is salty and self-effacing television appearances.
Schlesinger remarked, with a self-effacing chuckle, "I've done that myself", referring to his father and namesake, who had been Chairman of the History Department at Harvard.
"They were as different as any two auto executives could be," Mr. Vlasic writes, "the self-effacing, by-the-book chief executive officer and his mercurial, outspoken deputy."
Charlotte Moore, artistic director of New York's Irish Repertory Theatre, staged Brian Friel's two best plays, "Molly Sweeney" and "Dancing at Lughnasa," with the tender, self-effacing delicacy that she brings to all her work.