self-effacement

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Someone's self-effacement is their unwillingness to talk about themselves or draw attention to themselves.

Modest to the point of self-effacement, he would be easy to forget immediately after a short meeting.

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English dictionary. 2008.

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  • self-effacement — [self′i fās′mənt] n. the practice of keeping oneself in the background and minimizing one s own actions; modest, retiring behavior self effacing adj …   English World dictionary

  • self-effacement — self effacing ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not claiming attention for oneself. DERIVATIVES self effacement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • self-effacement — noun The act of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility. John likes to remain unnoticed and does so naturally through the self effacement found in his personality …   Wiktionary

  • self-effacement — self effacing, adj. self effacingly, adv. self effacingness, n. /self i fays meuhnt, self /, n. the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • self-effacement — self′ efface′ment n. the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility • Etymology: 1865–70 self′ effac′ing, adj. self′ effac′ingly, adv. self′ effac′ingness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • self-effacement — /sɛlf əˈfeɪsmənt/ (say self uh faysmuhnt) noun the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility. –self effacing, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • self-effacement — noun withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑effacement • Derivationally related forms: ↑efface (for: ↑effacement) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • self-effacement — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Reserve in speech, behavior, or dress: demureness, diffidence, modesty, reticence. See RESTRAINT …   English dictionary for students

  • self effacement — relating to oneself as one is less than they really are …   English contemporary dictionary

  • self-effacing — 1902, from SELF (Cf. self) + effacing (see EFFACE (Cf. efface)). Self effacement is recorded from 1866 …   Etymology dictionary

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