(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. modest, retiring, reserved. See modesty.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. quiet, retiring, reserved; see humble 1 , modest 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[un uh SOO ming]
modest and unpretentious.
They were surprised to find the famous actor to be shy and unassuming.
SYN.: modest, unpretentious, humble, self-effacing, retiring, down-to-earth, unaffected, natural, quiet, diffident, shy, bashful.
ANT.: arrogant, loud, pretentious, conceited
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Not elaborate or showy, as in appearance or style: modest, plain, simple, unostentatious, unpretentious. See PLAIN.

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