Humble

Definition of Humble

Hum´ble
a.1.Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage.
THy humble nest built on the ground.
- Cowley.
2.Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands of God; lowly; waek; modest.
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
- Jas. iv. 6.
She should be humble who would please.
- Prior.
Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy nation.
- Washington.
Humble plant
(Bot.) a species of sensitive plant, of the genus Mimosa (Mimosa sensitiva).
To eat humble pie
to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humilitation; - a phrase derived from a pie made of the entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See Humbles.
- Halliwell.
1.Hornless. See Hummel.
v. t.1.To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate.
[imp. & p. p. Humbled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Humbling .]
Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's plagues
Have humbled to all strokes.
- Shak.
The genius which humbled six marshals of France.
- Macaulay.
2.To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiently of; to make meek and submissive; - often used rexlexively.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you.
- 1 Pet. v. 6.

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