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noun [uncountable]     modesty pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    the tendency not to talk about yourself, your achievements, or your abilities even if you are successful

    ’I hope this is helpful,’ he says with characteristic modesty.

    I’m not one for false modesty: I happen to be a gifted actress.

  2. 2
    behaviour that aims to avoid causing sexual feelings in other people

    Feminine modesty isn’t just about the exact amount of flesh covered up.

    1. a.
      a feeling of being shy or embarrassed about other people seeing your body

      The bathrobe was invented as a way to preserve the wearer’s modesty when moving to and from the bathroom.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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