My Sunday school teacher said that the ancient Greeks and Romans did not have a word that meant humility until Jesus' time and then it was a derogatory term. He said they combined two words, one meant lowliness and one meant of the mind. Can anyone tell me the truth behind the history of humility?
Well, the English word, "humility" dates to the 14th century and is derived from "humble" which dates to the 13th century. "Humble" derives from the Latin, humus, meaning "earth" (dirt, soil), via humilis, which meant "low" and which Webster's lists as being akin to the Greek for "earth" and/or "on the ground."
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