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Definition of "self-effacement" []

  • The act of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "self-effacement" in a sentence
  • "When he bows to foreign leaders, he is not displaying "otherness" but the counterculture Americanism of honorable self-effacement in which America acknowledges its own capacity for evil as prelude to engagement."
  • "Jane Kirk, a Republican from Nelson, gushed over Mr. Huntsman's manners, his self-effacement and his low-key discourse."
  • "It is a privilege to work with Steve whose smarts and self-effacement are legendary in a town that rarely sees much of those qualities in combination."