Respectful vs Humble - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between respectful and humble
is that respectful
is marked or characterized by respect; as, respectful deportment while humble
is near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage or humble
can be hornless.
As a verb humble is
to bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humiliate.
Marked or characterized by respect; as, respectful deportment.
From (etyl) . See homage, and compare chameleon, humiliate.
Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage.
Thinking lowly of oneself; claiming little for oneself; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; modest.
- Thy humble nest built on the ground. -Cowley.
, date=June 28
, author=Jamie Jackson
, title=Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal
, work=the Guardian
, passage=Rosol's 65 winners to Nadal's 41 was one of the crucial statistics in the 3hr 18min match that ended in a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 triumph labelled a "miracle" by Rosol, who was humble
enough to offer commiserations to Nadal.}}
- God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble . Jas. iv. 6.
- She should be humble who would please. -Prior.
- Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy nation. -Washington.
* See also
* humble plant
* eat humble pie
To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humiliate.
- Here, take this purse, thou whom the heaven's plagues have humbled to all strokes. -Shak.
To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiency of; to make meek and submissive; -- often used reflexively.
- The genius which humbled six marshals of France. -Macaulay.
- Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you. 1 Pet. Ch 5: v. 6.
* humbler (agent noun)
* abase, lower, depress, humiliate, mortify, disgrace, degrade
- humble cattle