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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.
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.
Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty. --Shak.
Modesty piece, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over
the bosom. [Obs.] --Addison.
Syn: Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See
Bashfulness, and Humility.
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