1. reluctant to draw attention to yourself
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How To Use self-effacing In A Sentence

  • He seems a genuinely good person, humble and self-effacing, and he's a talented actor and filmmaker.
  • ‘This is a rhetorician's little joke, Wittenberg comments, ‘based in the self-effacing irony of paralipsis’.
  • He may no longer rely on his haircuts to do the talking but he is still shy and self-effacing. Times, Sunday Times
  • He was a brilliant attorney with a self-effacing kindness and affability unlike any I have ever seen.
  • the great man was embarrassingly humble and self-effacing
  • It wasn't in her nature to be coy or self-effacing; she couldn't bring herself to make a polite demurral or plead incompetence where she had none.
  • He is so modest and self-effacing which also makes him popular with his peers.
  • For the unpretentious, self-effacing actor he was, Joel McCrea had a remarkably varied career.
  • He was a humble, self-effacing man, not given to self-aggrandisement of any sort.
  • Physically attractive and possessed of considerable personal charm, his demeanour was self-effacing, gracious and polite.
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