Modesty piece
Modesty Mod"es*ty, n. [L. modestia: cf. F. modestie. See {Modest}.] 1. The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit. [1913 Webster]

2. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action. [1913 Webster]

Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Modesty piece}, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over the bosom. [Obs.] --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See {Bashfulness}, and {Humility}. [1913 Webster]


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