Modest
Modest Mod"est, a. [F. modeste, L. modestus, fr. modus measure. See {Mode}.] 1. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest youth; a modest man. [1913 Webster]

2. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; -- said of a woman. [1913 Webster]

Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The blushing beauties of a modest maid. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Reserved; unobtrusive; diffident; bashful; coy; shy; decent; becoming; chaste; virtuous. [1913 Webster]


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