modest

I
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Humble]
Syn. unassuming, meek, diffident, shy; see humble 1 , resigned .
2. [Not showy]
Syn. unpretentious, unostentatious, unobtrusive, demure, quiet, seemly, proper, decorous, unstudied, plain, simple, natural, unassuming, humble, unornamented, tasteful, unadorned, unembellished, unvarnished, unaffected, homely, taking a back seat*, hiding one's face*; see also dignified , reserved 3 .
Ant. immodest*, ostentatious, pretentious.
3. [Moderate]
Syn. reasonable, inexpensive, average; see cheap 1 , economical 2 , moderate 1 .
4. [Proper]
Syn. decent, proper, chaste, seemly; see decent 2 , innocent 4 , prudish .
5. [Lowly]
Syn. plain, simple, unaffected; see humble 2 .
See Synonym Study at chaste , shy .
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. unassuming humble, self-effacing, reserved, demure, unpretentious, down to earth, shy, blushing, bashful.
2. ordinary humble, limited, moderate, medium, simple, plain, small, unpretentious, homely, adequate, middling, fair, unexceptional.
ANT.: 1. arrogant, pretentious, *full of oneself, vain. 2. exceptional, extravagant, ostentatious
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having or expressing feelings of humility: humble, lowly, meek. See ATTITUDE, BIG, SELF-LOVE. 2. Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner: backward, bashful, coy, demure, diffident, retiring, self-effacing, shy1, timid. See RESTRAINT. 3. Morally beyond reproach, especially in sexual conduct: chaste, decent, nice, pure, virgin, virginal, virtuous. See GOOD, RESTRAINT, SEX. 4. Not lewd or obscene: clean, decent, wholesome. See DECENT. 5. Not elaborate or showy, as in appearance or style: plain, simple, unassuming, unostentatious, unpretentious. See PLAIN. 6. Not excessive or extreme in amount, degree, or force: moderate, reasonable, temperate. See BIG, EDGE. 7. Suited to or within the means of ordinary people: moderate, popular, reasonable. See MONEY.

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