modesty etymology

English word modesty comes from Latin modestus, and later Latin modestia (Moderation. Modesty.)

Detailed word origin of modesty

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
modestus Latin (lat) Moderate, calm, restrained, mild. Modest, reserved, discreet.
modestia Latin (lat) Moderation. Modesty.
modestie Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
modesty English (eng) (specifically) Pudency, prudish avoidance of sexual explicitness.. Moderate behaviour; reserve.. The quality of being modest; having a limited and not overly high opinion of oneself and one's abilities.

Words with the same origin as modesty

Descendants of modestus