From a recent article on CNN:
Aboukhadijeh, who is from Sacramento, California, said he's been blown away by how quickly his tool went viral and is grateful for all the supportive feedback.
"I'm amazed and humbled by all the attention it's received. So thank you," he said.
TheFreeDictionary shows the definition of "humbled" as:
hum·bled, hum·bling, hum·bles
1. To curtail or destroy the pride of; humiliate.
2. To cause to be meek or modest in spirit.
3. To give a lower condition or station to; abase. See Synonyms at degrade.
None of these definitions seem to apply:
- Being the author of something that is widely appreciated would seem to be cause for pride, rather than to curtail or destroy it.
- His "modesty," or expectation that he would only have a small audience for his work, seems to be a pre-existing condition that is merely revealed by the event, not something that is caused by the event.
- He created a tool that was rapidly used and appreciated by many, with the result being that he found himself in a higher condition or station than he was before.
Is there a subtlety I'm missing here?