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Definition 1: cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of - [verb of emotion]

Samples where humble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss

Synonyms for humble in the sense of this definition

(humble is a kind of ...) hurt the feelings of

"She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests" "This remark really bruised my ego"

(... is a kind of humble ) humiliate or depress completely

"She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation" "The death of her son smashed her"

(... is a kind of humble ) reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

"She tends to put down younger women colleagues" "His critics took him down after the lecture"

Definition 2: cause to be unpretentious - [verb of emotion]

Samples where humble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This experience will humble him

(humble is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of humble ) make inconspicuous

"efface oneself"

Definition 3: marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where humble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a humble apology
  • essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions

(humble is similar to ...) subdued or brought low in condition or status

"brought low" "a broken man" "his broken spirit"

(humble is similar to ...) humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness

"meek and self-effacing"

(means also ...) marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself

"a modest apartment" "too modest to wear his medals"

(... are attributes of humble) a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride

"not everyone regards humility as a virtue"

Definition 4: low or inferior in station or quality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where humble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a humble cottage
  • a lowly parish priest
  • a modest man of the people
  • small beginnings

Synonyms for humble in the sense of this definition

(humble is similar to ...) of or characteristic of low rank or importance

Definition 5: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where humble or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • baseborn wretches with dirty faces
  • of humble (or lowly) birth

Synonyms for humble in the sense of this definition

(humble is similar to ...) of humble birth or origins

"a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"

Definition 6: used of unskilled work (especially domestic work) - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for humble in the sense of this definition

(humble is similar to ...) not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency

"unskilled in the art of rhetoric" "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber" "unskilled labor" "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities" "unskilled workmanship"

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