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Vincent
About the meaning of "humility" The meaning to humility seems to have two levels: 1. You don't always brag about your achievements. That's definitely a good quality, right? 2. A lack of self-esteem or a lack of ego. You always think other people are better than you. I wouldn't consider it as a good quality. I'm not quite sure about the second usage. If it's right, can you give me some example? Thanks
Feb 19, 2012 11:08 AM
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Humility is defined as the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc. Pride is an antonym of humility. For an example: many Asian cultures emphasize humility while American culture emphasizes pride and individuality.
February 19, 2012
Your first definition is correct; the second one really isn't. That would be "excessively humble" (humble is the adjective form of humility). There is a famous story of Winston Churchill saying about another politician: "My opponent is a humble man, he is a man with much to be humble about!"
February 19, 2012
The second usage is not right. Someone with humility does not necessarily have any lack of self-esteem.
February 19, 2012
Vincent
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