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The modesty it is the characteristic of that or that which is modest : that is, what is humble . The term has its etymological root in the language Latin

For example: "The actor again showed his modesty when he stopped his car to assist another driver who had suffered a mechanical accident in his vehicle", "He was a man of amazing modesty, who never boasted of his achievements", “The modesty of the room did not bother him: the young woman felt comfortable in that place”.

When the term applies to a person , alludes to his lack of arrogance or petulance . The modest subject behaves according to certain limits and is not vain or arrogant.

Take the case of a very famous singer which is usually invited to participate in the most watched TV shows and that appears on the covers of the best known magazines and newspapers. This artist, beyond his enormous popularity, does not hesitate to talk with a group of students for an interview that will be published in a school newspaper . With this attitude , it is clear the modesty of the star, which does not put conditions or requirements when providing notes.

If someone pretends to be modest, even if it really isn't, they talk about false modesty . In reality, these individuals are arrogant but pretend to mask their position trying to exhibit a demure that they don't have.

While the term modesty is often used in everyday speech, it generally appears in two extreme situations: to praise this virtue in someone who really owns it; to make fun of someone's lack of modesty through a sarcastic phrase. In the first case we could say "I was really surprised by his modesty, since I had heard that he was a pretty superb guy"; with respect to the second, however, "Well, I see that this man exudes modesty through the pores ... Don't get clogged.".

Below we will see some of the most common synonyms, divided into three lists to refer to their three main meanings. For the meaning that denotes absence of vanity, we have the following: humility , simplicity, shyness, sobriety, insignificance and smallness. These are the nuances that we most commonly give to the term in popular language, when we talk about a person modest. His antonyms are presumption, glitz and immodesty.

When, instead, the word modesty It refers to the category of a thing, or its importance or economic level, denoting its scarcity, we can use some of the following synonyms: moderation, temperance and poverty. This meaning is the second most used and we can appreciate it in the following sentences: "The hotel was modest but we were very comfortable", "Do not expect anything from the other world, the reception will be modest".

Finally we come to the third main meaning, which refers to modesty, deprecation, decorum and honesty of a person. According to the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy, this is usually used especially to describe women, given the macho conception we have regarding the behavior of people, which varies in their degree of severity according to their sex. A man is expected to be a worker, and he is forgiven for infidelity in marriage; of a woman, who takes care of the house and raises the children, and if she is unfaithful she is considered low, indecent, her reputation is stained forever.

It is known as "Modesty" finally to a work of the sculptor Antonio Corradini (1688-1752). It is a sculpture of marble which is currently in the Sansevero Chapel from the city of Naples .

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