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Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.
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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Etymology

French, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] humilis on the ground, low, from humus the earth, ground. See homage, and confer chameleon, humiliate.

Pronunciation

Adjective

humble (comparative humbler, superlative humblest)

Positive
humble

Comparative
humbler

Superlative
humblest

  1. Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage.
    Thy humble nest built on the ground. -Cowley.
  2. Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands of God; lowly; weak; modest.
    God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Jas. iv. 6.
    She should be humble who would please. -Prior.
    Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy nation. -Washington.

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Derived terms

  • humble plant (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the genus Mimosa (M. sensitiva).
  • to eat humble pie, to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humilitation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the umbles, or entrails, of a deer, which was formerly served to servants and retainers at a hunting feast.

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Verb

Infinitive
to humble

Third person singular
humbl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to humble (third-person singular simple present humbl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humiliate.
    Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's plagues have humbled to all strokes. -Shak.
    The genius which humbled six marshals of France. -Macaulay.
  2. To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiency of; to make meek and submissive; -- often used reflexively.
    Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you. 1 Pet. v. 6.

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