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Synonyms for self-effacing

not forward but reticent or reserved in manner

Synonyms for self-effacing

reluctant to draw attention to yourself

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He is self-effacing, down-to-earth, forthright when the occasion requires it and a zealous supporter of not just his home county's cuisine but good quality fare in general.
It was self-effacing humour - and it was important because if we'd got down and downtrodden, it could all have turned out a lot worse.
Given the repeated demands by co-owner Tom Hicks for Parry's (right) resignation, the Anfield chief executive's self-effacing humour was well appreciated.
Pervy as that may sound, O'Toole brings such tenderness, understanding and self-effacing hilarity to the role that you can't help but feel for the naughty old geezer.
The understated and self-effacing Woodruff was referring to the Atlanta School, an alliance he developed among black artists in the 1940s, which flourished into national activities, among them an annual art exhibit.
One of Entertainment Weekly's 10 best nonfiction books of 2005, Everybody is humorous, frantic, self-effacing, laugh-out-loud funny--well, look up "flippant" or "irreverent" in Roget's and it's all that.
Reflecting their typically self-effacing and honest manner, Atkinson remarks, 'We just fumble our way through and don't always know where we are going.
Good leaders, in business and also in the church, one expert says, are self-effacing, quiet, reserved, even shy--a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.
McKellen's earlier hardships--which included coming out publicly in Thatcher-era Britain--may have contributed to the knighted actor's self-effacing nature.
Your seemingly self-effacing attitude towards women "out of your league" may be helping you with the "stunners".
I listened to Peel for a lot of years, he played a lot of dross but also a lot of brilliant music, but through it all he was a self-effacing personality - more interested in the music than his own persona.
But the second act belonged to Zdenek Konvalina's Albrecht, with his self-effacing devotion and his 24 magnificent entrechat sixes, buoyant with determination.
Not that he is a self-effacing "sensitive" (as Ivan Karp once termed artists too modest with respect to their muse to make a bold move).
And, as his recent appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart demonstrated, he's also remarkably handsome, with a charming, self-effacing demeanor to match.
The self-effacing Heiberger makes it a point to stress, "I didn't do this all by myself," and reels off a batch of names--Gary Malin, Greg Young, Belinda Pastana, Nancy Sager, Jimmy Economou, Gordon Golub, Larry Goldblatt, Jessica Duffy, Joe Lops .