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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 mod·es·ty /ˈmɑdəsti/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mod·es·ty n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: freedom from vanity or conceit [ant: immodesty]
      2: formality and propriety of manner [syn: reserve]