Humility etymology


English word humility comes through French from Latin humilitas (insignificance, unimportance, degradation, debasement, humiliation), which comes from Latin humilis (base, mean, humble), which itself ultimately derives from Latin humus (Earth, soil, ground)

Etymology of humility

Detailed word origin of humility

Dictionary entry Language Definition
humus Latin (lat) Earth, soil. Ground.
humilis Latin (lat) (in respect to birth, fortune or worth) base, mean, humble, obscure, poor, needy, insignificant, low. (of mind or character) submissive, abject. Low, lowly, small, slight; shallow.
humilitas Latin (lat) Degradation, debasement, humiliation. Insignificance, unimportance. Submissiveness.
umilité Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Humbleness; humility.
humilite Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
humility English (en) The characteristic of being humble; humbleness in character and behavior.

Words with the same origin as humility

Descendants of humus

humble humiliation