humbleness

[ huhm-buhl, uhm- ]SEE DEFINITION OF humbleness
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUMBLENESS

In all humbleness and awe, you are a dweller of the Silent Places.

Ay, justice and mercy and humbleness—not paternosters and penances.

A word from her, and the men before him dropped in humbleness to the ground.

They are docile, cleanly, quick-witted, and respectful to humbleness.

So far as humbleness was concerned, there was no lack of that.

I knew the state of Spain well, his weakness, his poorness, his humbleness at this time.

Since then, she had eaten the pie of humbleness to the last crumb.

Yours serfdom, awe and humbleness: ours thunder and the seas.

The humbleness of her birth prevented her from raising her eyes to a throne.

There was only humbleness left, and respect for wild things.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old French humble, earlier humele, from Latin humilis "lowly, humble," literally "on the ground," from humus "earth." Senses of "not self-asserting" and "of low birth or rank" were both in Middle English Related: Humbly; humbleness.

To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (1640s), pie made from umbles "edible inner parts of an animal" (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the "h" of humble was not pronounced then) converged in the pun. Umbles, meanwhile, is Middle English numbles "offal" (with loss of n- through assimilation into preceding article).

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