1. The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit.
2. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action.
Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. --Shak.
Modesty piece, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over the bosom. [Obs.]
Syn: -- Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See Bashfulness, and Humility.
n 1: freedom from vanity or conceit [ant: immodesty]
2: formality and propriety of manner [syn: reserve]