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Modest, 1) keeping just measure and proportion, acting with moderation: “sometime he trots, as if he told the steps, with gentle majesty and m. pride,” Ven. 278. “joy could not show itself m. enough without a badge of bitterness,” Ado I, 1, 22. “this is called the quip m.” As V, 4, 79. “you must confine yourself within the m. limits of order,” Tw. I, 3, 9. “I call thee by the most m. terms,” IV, 2, 36. “how m. in exception, and withal how terrible in constant resolution,” H5 II, 4, 34. “I could say more, but reverence to your calling makes me m.” H8 V, 3, 69. “the wound of peace is surety, surety secure; but m. doubt is called the beacon of the wise,” Troil. II, 2, 15 (i. e. moderate, sober apprehension); cf. “m. wisdom plucks me from over-credulous haste,” Mcb. IV, 3, 119 (== sober). “do not cry havoc, where you should but hunt with m. warrant,” Cor. III, 1, 276.
2) filling up the measure, neither going beyond nor falling short of what is required, corresponding, satisfactory, becoming: “give me m. assurance if you be the lady of the house,” Tw. I, 5, 192. “garnished and decked in m. complement,” H5 II, 2, 134. “resolve me with all m. haste,” Lr. II, 4, 25 (as much haste as may consist with telling the full truth). “all my reports go with the m. truth; nor more, nor clipped, but so,” IV, 7, 5.
3) not full of pretensions, not arrogant, unassuming: “to silence that, which, to the spire and top of praises vouched, would seem but m.” Cor. I, 9, 25. “too m. are you,” Cor. I, 9, 25 “further to boast were neither true nor m.” Cymb. V, 5, 18.
4) not bold or impudent, full of decency and propriety: their (the colts') “savage eyes turned to a m. gaze,” Merch. V, 78. his will hath in it a more m. working (than to lie with his mother earth) As I, 2, 215. “all are banished till their conversations appear more wise and m. to the world,” H4B V, 5, 107. “in peace there's nothing so becomes a man as m. stillness and humility,” H5 III, 1, 4. bids them good morrow with a m. smile, IV Chor. H5 III, 1, 4 “O, sir, I can be m.” Per. IV, 6, 41. “thou lookest m. as Justice,” V, 1, 122. Particularly, in speaking of women, == full of the decent and bashful reserve bespeaking a chaste mind: “m. Dian,” Ven. 725. “m. Lucrece,” Lucr. 123. “love's m. snow-white weed,” Lucr. 123 “O m. wantons,” Lucr. 123 “her m. eloquence,” Lucr. 123 “m. eyes,” Lucr. 123 “a civil m. wife,” Wiv. II, 2, 101. IV, 2, 136. “is she not a m. young lady?” Ado I, 1, 166. “I will do any m. office, to help my cousin to a good husband,” II, 1, 390. “comes not that blood as m. evidence to witness simple virtue?” IV, 1, 38. “this young m. girl,” Shr. I, 1, 161. II, 295. “humbly entreating from your royal thoughts a m. one,” All's II, 1, 131 (one acknowledging that I am m.).*H6C IV, 8, 21. H8 IV, 1, 82. IV, 2, 135. Troil. I, 3, 229. Cor. I, 1, 261. Oth. II, 3, 25. Ant. IV, 15, 27.
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