Mod"es*ty (?), n. [L. modestia: cf. F. modestie. See Modest.]


The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit.


Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action.

Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. Shak.

Modesty piece, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over the bosom. [Obs.]


Syn. -- Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See Bashfulness, and Humility.


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