false modesty

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false modesty

A vain or hypocritical pretense of holding a low or humble opinion of oneself, one's abilities, or one's circumstance so as to encourage others to say the opposite. There's no need for that false modesty here; you are fully aware of your success and achievement, and you don't need me to reaffirm it for you. I find her false modesty quite unbecoming.
See also: false, modesty
References in classic literature ?
It is false modesty, I know it is that, but you can make it easy for me.
replied the officer, with an air of false modesty, "your majesty says so because I still have a good eye and a tolerably firm foot -- because I can still ride a horse, and my mustache is black; but, sire, vanity of vanities all that -- illusions all that -- appearance, smoke, sire
This young olive-branch, notorious under the name of Timothy's Bess's Ben, being of an inquiring disposition, unchecked by any false modesty, had advanced beyond the group of women and children, and was walking round the Methodists, looking up in their faces with his mouth wide open, and beating his stick against the milk-can by way of musical accompaniment.
The Countess G wished to revive the subject of the count, but Franz announced he had something far newer to tell her, and, in spite of Albert's demonstrations of false modesty, he informed the countess of the great event which had preoccupied them for the last three days.
Regarding the episode of "Pavlicheff's son," Gania had been absolutely silent, partly from a kind of false modesty, partly, perhaps, to "spare the prince's feelings.
Why should we make it a point with our false modesty to disparage that man we are and that form of being assigned to us?
He faced us as we assembled for breakfast with a deprecating false modesty in his eyes, as who should say, "I know that I deserve all that you can say, but I pray you to spare my blushes by not saying it.
The birth certificate nonsense was simply designed to hurt, with no substance behind it -- as was his false modesty about not correcting a questioner that assumed Obama is a Muslim.
And certainly more interesting than the kind of 'Aw shucks' false modesty you often get.
Note the lack of both braggadocio on the one hand and false modesty on the other.
But false modesty can be nauseous - secretly you know you look great" Who is this idiot?
Keep it real, but don't hide your light under a basket of false modesty.
BEFORE a hoop was shot Fab Flournoy told me without a trace of false modesty that his Newcastle Eagles were chock full of enough talent and mental strength to make a clean sweep of all four British basketball trophies this season.
That's one in the eye for the muted celebration brigade and their false modesty.