humbling humbling  /ˈhəm bə lɪŋ/


  • (adj) causing awareness of your shortcomings



  1. It is both humbling to be welcomed into their lives and gratifying to think that Joe could help solve their troubles.
  2. But when I went abroad, it was such a humbling experience, it was a fabulous experience and people were amazing with me.
  3. As a permanent resident of the sparser region north of our age barrier, I find the notion of heroism under 40 a bit humbling.


  1. What Is Kobe Bryant's Proper Role on the LA Lakers Next Year?

    With Kobe Bryant pushing for an opening night return, there is no doubt that if he is successful, the Black Mamba will have some leeway in terms of adjusting his role and responsibilities on the court until he is back to 100 percent. However, with a Los Angeles Lakers franchise that had just suffered one of its most humbling playoff defeats in the past decade, the rabid fans and intense media ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. LeBron Says Dwyane Wade Was '06 Flash' in Game 4

    LeBron James balanced all of the blame for Tuesday night's humbling 113-77 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on his broad shoulders. "Absolutely, I take full responsibility for our team's performance," James told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. "I have to do whatever it takes...So I will be better tomorrow." That's what team leaders are supposed to do ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. Lisle renters 'thrilled' to return home Saturday

    Emotions are running high as residents of the Towers at Four Lakes apartments in Lisle prepare to move into their homes Saturday for the first time since flooding inundated the area April 18. Towers resident Debra Schulz said she and her 15-year-old daughter, Haleigh, are "thrilled" to return to their eighth-floor home after the "humbling" and "stressful" experience of being away for almost two ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Daily Herald


  1. "I am absolutely thrilled with this honour," Zeta-Jones said. "As a British subject, I feel incredibly proud. At the same time, it is overwhelming and humbling. And my mum and dad are delighted beyond belief."
    on Jun 13, 2010 By: Catherine Zeta-Jones Source: Brisbane Times

  2. The post tried to explain some of what has been going on lately with Ms. Spears, including rehab, saying, "Recently, I was sent to a very humbling place called rehab. I truly hit rock bottom. Till this day I don't think that it was alcohol or...
    on May 29, 2007 By: Britney Spears Source: (blog)

  3. "To come through again for this team, 14 years in, after so many great moments, it's always quite surreal and quite humbling to experience," Fisher told reporters.
    on Jun 8, 2010 By: Derek Fisher Source: Reuters Canada

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