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[mod-ist] /ˈmɒd ɪst/

having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one’s merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
free from ostentation or showy extravagance:
a modest house.
having or showing regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, dress, etc.; decent:
a modest neckline on a dress.
limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.:
a modest increase in salary.
having or expressing a humble opinion of oneself or one’s accomplishments or abilities
reserved or shy: modest behaviour
not ostentatious or pretentious
not extreme or excessive; moderate
decorous or decent

1560s, “having moderate self-regard,” from Middle French modeste (14c.), from Latin modestus “keeping due measure” (see modesty). Of women, “not improper or lewd,” 1590s; of female attire, 1610s. Of demands, etc., c.1600. Related: Modestly.


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