humility etymology

English word humility comes through French from Latin humilitas (insignificance, unimportance, degradation, debasement, humiliation), which comes from Latin humilis (base, mean, humble), which itself ultimately derives from Latin humus (Earth, soil, ground)

Detailed word origin of humility

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
humus Latin (lat) Earth, soil. Ground.
humilis Latin (lat) (in respect to birth, fortune or worth) base, mean, humble, obscure, poor, needy, insignificant, low. (of mind or character) submissive, abject. Low, lowly, small, slight; shallow.
humilitas Latin (lat) Degradation, debasement, humiliation. Insignificance, unimportance. Submissiveness.
umilité Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Humbleness; humility.
humilite Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
humility English (eng) The characteristic of being humble; humbleness in character and behavior.

Words with the same origin as humility

Descendants of humus
humble humbly humiliate humiliation