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 for Modesty piece
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Modesty \Mod"es*ty\, n. [L. modestia: cf. F. modestie. See
     1. The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper
        which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth
        and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and
        presumption; humility respecting one's own merit.
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     2. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and
        the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due
        regard for propriety in speech or action.
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              Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. --Shak.
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     Modesty piece, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over
        the bosom. [Obs.] --Addison.
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     Syn: Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See
          Bashfulness, and Humility.
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