Meaning of self-effacing in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfɪˈfeɪsɪŋ/

Translate self-effacing into Spanish


  • Not claiming attention for oneself; retiring and modest.

    ‘his demeanour was self-effacing, gracious, and polite’
    • ‘Modest, well-mannered and self-effacing, he is someone everybody likes because he works hard at earning their trust and affection.’
    • ‘She is too modest and too self-effacing to tell the whole story, but she will, I hope, some day.’
    • ‘He is so modest and self-effacing which also makes him popular with his peers.’
    • ‘He's a very able person, but at the same time incredibly modest and self-effacing.’
    • ‘He is modest and self-effacing - not someone seeking his fifteen minutes of fame.’
    • ‘He remains modest and self-effacing, thank goodness, but now we know there is a core of steel within the good-natured exterior.’
    • ‘I don't tell you all this just to be humble or self-effacing.’
    • ‘Both have demonstrated an appealing shyness, a self-effacing modesty, and a stated preference for getting on with the work.’
    • ‘Diffident, brusque and self-effacing to the point of invisibility, he was not the first person you would choose if you wanted to mount a charm offensive.’
    • ‘He seems a genuinely good person, humble and self-effacing, and he's a talented actor and filmmaker.’
    • ‘God's glory and beauty are revealed in poor, humble, hurting and self-effacing lives of faith and compassion.’
    • ‘A meek, self-effacing figure, he grows more haggard and needy as his hopes of business success and personal harmony crumble.’
    • ‘This last comment is typical of the band's self-effacing and humble attitude to everything that's happened to them.’
    • ‘He was a humble, self-effacing man, not given to self-aggrandisement of any sort.’
    • ‘He's modest about his achievements, self-effacing about his music and finds an old-fashioned dignity in hard work.’
    • ‘Here as in the first movement, the players' modesty is almost self-effacing.’
    • ‘Perhaps we need a trade union of the self-effacing, an Oscar for tentativeness and diffidence.’
    • ‘While the film's form is remarkably self-effacing, its content and visual style resemble the best of Hollywood westerns.’
    • ‘He was a slight, gentle, self-effacing man, very bright, a little absent-minded, with a lovely sense of humour.’
    • ‘You know, neither my wife nor I are into self-deprecation or make any lame attempts to be self-effacing.’
    easily frightened, lacking courage, fearful, apprehensive, afraid, frightened, scared, faint-hearted