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Definition modest and reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  • Although she is shy and self-effacing, she is fiercely competitive.
  • The humble, self-effacing Charlie you were all talking about a while ago is just waiting patiently.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • self-effacing = modest and reluctant to draw attention to oneself
  • Finnick's real charms of self-effacing humor and an easygoing nature are on display for the first time.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • self-effacing = modest and reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  • I'll admit I'm like him in a number of ways, but humility and self-effacement are not among them.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • self-effacement = modest and reluctant to draw attention to yourself
  • He was funny, candid, self-effacing.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But when I reflect back on my surgical training, I'm indebted to a small, dark man, a self-effacing surgeon whom the world might never celebrate.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I am glad to be living with this kind couple, whose quiet, self-effacing manner I am coming to understand.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • But he knew that she was enormously aware of him in her silent, self-effacing way.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The old instinct of deference and humility was there; the habit of decent self-effacement and knowledge of her "own place."
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He cracked a self-effacing grin.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • However, whenever his eyes met David's father's, the expression on his face tended to freeze into one of ingratiating self-effacement.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • But some people, under a nervous and self-effacing manner, conceal a great deal of vanity and self-satisfaction.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • She reminds me of my mother; what I loved most in Mother was her self-effacement, her 'dimness,' as they say, and it's she I've always wanted to get back to.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • It was not an easy task: her soulher sad, timid, self-effacing soullay concealed in the depths of her bowels and was ashamed to show itself.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • And in Ira's Pima culture being quiet and self-effacing was encouraged.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I thought he might shift from the self-effacing Abnegation leader to the nightmare I knew at home, that he might lash out and reveal himself for who he is.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • He was trying to be self-effacing.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • They were my family's friends and neighbors and coworkers, and before, their presence would have encouraged me to be quiet and self-effacing.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • At half-past ten Tibby, with rare self-effacement, fell asleep, and Margaret was able to drive her aunt to the station.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Totally out of character, but in case anyone should ever refer to them, he had better restudy the "facts" so he could at least nod in self-effacing modesty.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum

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