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It was a coming-out story of sorts told with self-effacing un-sentimentality.

He was funny and self-effacing, though prone to fits of anger.

“The word ‘discover’ is odd,” says the self-effacing Granik.

Crawforth claims that his subject was unmatched as a taxonomist, and that his self-effacing style elevated his writing.

But his self-effacing, self-aware and humble style makes it accessible and real—and thus particularly valuable.

When she retired from those boards, she found a home with her self-effacing husband in Auteuil, and there died in 1698.

To his military ability and self-effacing patriotism he added a far-seeing wisdom in council that could always be relied upon.

Cottrell was an excellent riverman, active as a squirrel and ready to take any chances, but extremely quiet and self-effacing.

They had entirely forgotten the self-effacing secretary, but the noise of their dying laughter did not disturb him.

He was quiet and self-effacing, also he was decent and he was kindly.


On this page you'll find 61 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to self-effacing, such as: coy, discreet, humble, reticent, unassuming, and unobtrusive.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.