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English adjective: humble

1. humble low or inferior in station or quality


SamplesA humble cottage.
A lowly parish priest.
A modest man of the people.
Small beginnings.


Synonymslow, lowly, modest, small


Similarinferior


Antonymssuperior

2. humble marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful


SamplesA humble apology.
Essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions.


Similarbroken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low, meek, mild, modest


See alsomodest


Attributehumbleness, humility


Antonymsproud

3. humble used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)


Synonymslowly, menial


Similarunskilled


Antonymsskilled

4. humble of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)


SamplesBaseborn wretches with dirty faces.
Of humble (or lowly) birth.


Synonymsbase, baseborn, lowly


Similarlowborn


Antonymsnoble


English verb: humble

1. humble (emotion) cause to be unpretentious


SamplesThis experience will humble him.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)efface

2. humble (emotion) cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of


SamplesHe humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss.


ExamplesSam cannot humble Sue


Synonymsabase, chagrin, humiliate, mortify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound


Narrower (hyponym)crush, degrade, demean, demolish, disgrace, put down, smash, take down









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