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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

in all modesty

Without trying to boast, brag, or seem overly important. You asked me about my career, so I'm trying to speak in all modesty about the successes I've found.
See also: all, modesty
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This is the whole point, modesty is prescribed to protect women from molestation or simply, modesty is protection.
Modesty is expressed not only in the way a Muslim dresses, but also in how he or she behaves with persons of the opposite sex.
I'm not offended by lads' mags and I don't think they need to be marketed in modesty bags.
Hammond gives a rundown of instructions regarding women's modesty issued to every parish in 1928 by the Cardinal Vicar of Rome:
Although the districts reporting cases of attack on modesty this year remained the same (29), the number of FIRs filed increased by 36 per cent.
David recalls him shrugging with typical modesty after saying: "I must have been alright to to have played 400 games.
Tamara Harvey quickly complicates ibis assumption, however, by reminding us that two different Latin terms underlie the concept of modesty: pudor, the typical modesty of women, connected to notions of weakness, limitation, and the need for feminine concealment, and modestus, defined as "to 'keep due measure,'" a term generally associated with men but not intrinsically gendered (1).
A highlight of her initial discussion examines Helkiah Crooke's Mikrokosmographia: A Description of the Body of Man (1616), a text that challenges assumptions of women as inferior but maintains notions of female embodiment and modesty that subordinate women.
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Shame really, because there is a lot of talent about, but notmuch quiet, mature professionalism, modesty or individuality.
It's great to finally have a high-performance outfit that allows me to continue my need for modesty with a design made from fabric that allows freedom of movement and flexibility," said Ruqaya.
Modesty is one of the most fundamental of Jewish values, but is widely misunderstood and frequently dismissed as provincial, old-fashioned, outmoded or chauvinistic.
He writes of Annan's "superhuman display of modesty," and describes him as "wailing clouds of glory" while "clad in beautifully cut dark gray suits from Brioni," and speaks of his "moral glamour" as "a spokesman for mankind who looked wonderful in a tuxedo.
This apocryphal anecdote illustrates the paradox that though there is no such thing as false vanity, the opportunities for false modesty are legion.
The effort made by many Muslim women to uphold modesty at all costs is a bold witness to the dignity of the human person, both male and female.