- magnanimity, selflessness, passivity, modesty, humbleness, generosity, self-annihilation, self-disgust, timidity, disinterestedness, self-distrust, unobtrusiveness, unostentatiousness, impartiality, shyness, self-doubt, self-flagellation, altruism, neutrality, timidness, unselfishness, diffidence, bashfulness, fairness, passiveness, humility, self-sacrifice, objectivity, demureness, detachment, deference.
After a great national catastrophe this baleful egotism is particularly evident. "Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
Perhaps it is only a subtle form of egotism, but as a condition of my life experience I could wish to convey to others an appreciation of my profound ignorance of both classes of history when I began, being then forty- five; not that I mean to imply that now, or at any time since, I have deluded myself with the imagination that I have become an historian after the high modern pattern. "From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan