Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers Section II. Personal Affections
5. Extrinsic Affections
NOUN: MODESTY; humility [See Humility]; diffidence, timidity; retiring disposition; unobtrusiveness; bashfulness &c. adj.; mauvaise honte [ F.]; blush, blushing; verecundity [ obs.]; self-knowledge.
reserve, constraint; demureness &c. adj.; blushing honors [ Henry VIII].
[C OMPARISON] violet.
VERB: BE MODEST &c. adj.; retire, reserve oneself; give way to; draw in ones horns [See Humility]; hide ones face.
keep private, keep in the background, keep ones distance; pursue the noiseless tenor of ones way, do good by stealth and blush to find it fame [Pope], hide ones light under a bushel; cast sheeps eyes.
ADJECTIVE: MODEST, diffident; humble [See Humility]; timid, timorous, bashful; shy, nervous, skittish, coy, sheepish, shamefaced, blushing, overmodest.
unpretending, unpretentious; unobtrusive, unassuming, unostentatious, unboastful, unaspiring; poor in spirit; deprecative, deprecatory.
reserved, constrained, demure.
ABASHED, ashamed; out of countenance ( humbled) [See Humility].
ADVERB: MODESTLY &c. adj.; quietly, privately; without -ceremony, - beat of drum; sans façon [ F.].
QUOTATIONS: Not stepping oer the bounds of modesty.
Romeo and Juliet Thy modestys a candle to thy merit.Fielding