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Modesty, 1) moderation, freedom from any exaggeration or excess: it will be pastime passing excellent, if it be husbanded with m. Shr. Ind. I, 68. “I am doubtful of your --ies,” Shr. Ind. I, 68 “deliver this with m. to the queen,” H8 II, 2, 137. “whom I most hated living, thou hast made me, with thy religious truth and m., now in his ashes honour,” IV, 2, 74. “win straying souls with m. again,” V, 3, 64. “the enemies of Caesar shall say this: then, in a friend, it is cold m.” Caes. III, 1, 213. “an excellent play, set down with as much m. as cunning,” Hml. II, 2, 461; cf. “o'erstep not the m. of nature,” III, 2, 21. “but to follow him thither with m. enough and likelihood to lead it,” V, 1, 230 (without exaggeration, which would impair the probability).
2) freedom from arrogance or obtrusive impudence: “I have laboured for the poor gentleman to the extremest shore of my m.” Meas. III, 2, 266. “in the m. of fearful duty I read as much as from the rattling tongue . . .,” Mids. V, 101. “what man wanted the m. to urge the thing held as a ceremony,” Merch. V, 205. “for then we wound our m. and make foul the clearness of our deservings, when of ourselves we publish them,” All's I, 3, 6. “I perceive in you so excellent a touch of m. that you will not extort from me what I am willing to keep in,” Tw. II, 1, 13. “with m. admiring thy renown,” H6A II, 2, 39 (== with becoming humility). “I have told more of you to myself than you can in m. speak in your own behalf,” Tim. I, 2, 97. “what gift beside thy m. can beg,” Ant. II, 5, 72.
4) sense of decency and propriety; bashful reserve: “to allay with some cold drops of m. thy skipping spirit,” Merch. II, 2, 195. “and tell me, in the m. of honour, why you have given me such clear lights of favour,” Tw. V, 343. the sobriety of it (war), “and the m. of it,” H5 IV, 1, 75 (Fluellen's speech). “there is a kind of confession in your looks which your --ies have not craft enough to colour,” Hml. II, 2, 289. “would to cinders burn up m.” Oth. IV, 2, 75. Especially used of the chaste demeanour of women: “O modest wantons, wanton m.” Lucr. 401. “with soft-slow tongue, true mark of m.” Lucr. 401 “effects of terror and dear m.” Compl. 202. “since maids, in m., say 'no' to that which they would have,” Gent. I, 2, 55. “and she, in m., could not again reply,” II, 1, 171. “it is the lesser blot, m. finds, women to change their shapes than men their minds,” V, 4, 108. Wiv. II, 1, 58. III, 2, 42. Meas. II, 2, 169. Err. III, 1, 90. V, 59. Ado IV, 1, 43. Ado IV, 1, 43 Mids. I, 1, 60. II, 1, 214. II, 2, 57. III, 2, 285. As III, 2, 156. Shr. I, 2, 255. II, 49. H5 V, 2, 324. H6C III, 2, 84. Rom. III, 2, 16. III, 3, 38. IV, 2, 27. Hml. III, 4, 41. Ant. II, 2, 246. Cymb. III, 4, 155. Quite == chastity: “cold m., hot wrath, both fire from hence and chill extincture hath,” Compl. 293. “though there were no further danger known but the m. which is so lost,” All's III, 5, 30. cf. the oath “by my m.:” Tp. III, 1, 53. Gent. I, 2, 41.
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