humility


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Humility \Hu*mil"i*ty\, n.; pl. Humilities. [OE. humilite, OF.
   humilit['e], humelit['e], F. humilit['e], fr. L. humiliatis.
   See Humble.]
   1. The state or quality of being humble; freedom from pride
      and arrogance; lowliness of mind; a modest estimate of
      one's own worth; a sense of one's own unworthiness through
      imperfection and sinfulness; self-abasement; humbleness.
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            Serving the Lord with all humility of mind. --Acts
                                                  xx. 19.
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   2. An act of submission or courtesy.
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            With these humilities they satisfied the young king.
                                                  --Sir J.
                                                  Davies.

   Syn: Lowliness; humbleness; meekness; modesty; diffidence.

   Usage: Humility, Modesty, Diffidence. Diffidence is a
          distrust of our powers, combined with a fear lest our
          failure should be censured, since a dread of failure
          unconnected with a dread of censure is not usually
          called diffidence. It may be carried too far, and is
          not always, like modesty and humility, a virtue.
          Modesty, without supposing self-distrust, implies an
          unwillingness to put ourselves forward, and an absence
          of all over-confidence in our own powers. Humility
          consists in rating our claims low, in being willing to
          waive our rights, and take a lower place than might be
          our due. It does not require of us to underrate
          ourselves.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Upland \Up"land\, a.
   1. Of or pertaining to uplands; being on upland; high in
      situation; as, upland inhabitants; upland pasturage.
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            Sometimes, with secure delight
            The upland hamlets will invite.       --Milton.
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   2. Pertaining to the country, as distinguished from the
      neighborhood of towns; rustic; rude; unpolished. [Obs.W2]
      " The race of upland giants." --Chapman.
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   Upland moccasin. (Zool.) See Moccasin.

   Upland sandpiper, or Upland plover (Zool.), a large
      American sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) much valued as
      a game bird. Unlike most sandpipers, it frequents fields
      and uplands. Called also Bartramian sandpiper,
      Bartram's tattler, field plover, grass plover,
      highland plover, hillbird, humility, {prairie
      plover}, prairie pigeon, prairie snipe, papabote,
      quaily, and uplander.

   Upland sumach (Bot.), a North American shrub of the genus
      Rhus (Rhus glabra), used in tanning and dyeing.
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