humbling


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The sharp little woman's conscience was somewhat troubled in the adjustment of these opposing "bests," and of her griefs and satisfactions under late events, which were likely to humble those who needed humbling, but also to fall heavily on her old friend whose faults she would have preferred seeing on a background of prosperity.
Still, I'll never be good at it and I assure you it is a humbling reflection.
My old friend was the bearer of my letter of entreaty; he gave it to her without her parents' knowledge, humbling his white hair to implore Evelina to read and to reply to my appeal.
The secretary rubbed his hands and bowed, as though he would disarm his adversary by humbling himself before him.