Modesty and modest have two rather different meanings. The word is used as an antonym of boastfulness; a modest person does not draw attention to their own real or supposed accomplishments and desirable attributes. Terms related to “modesty” in this sense include “humility”, “shyness”, and “simplicity”. A related usage is for some object or attribute that is, in fact, not very desirable; a “modest dwelling” would describe a hut, but not a palace.
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