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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUMBLING

This was putting the matter in a new, and, for me, an humbling light.

This completed my humbling; for no man had ever disdained me thus before.

The position in which you find yourselves should be humbling.

This is how you treat me for humbling myself, when it is you that ought to ask forgiveness.

I owe you that admission, humbling to the pride that is left in me!

We had confined his body, but there was no humbling of his spirit.

When all this was soaked and frozen he was truly a humbling sight!

But she was not one to tolerate painful and humbling ideas long.

It was a radiation of genius, humbling every mediocre mortal it touched.

And has not a husband the same opportunities there for humbling a wife?

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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