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diffidence   WordNet 2.0

- lack of self-confidence

 
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Diffidence   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. The state of being diffident; distrust; want of confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of others. [Archaic]

"That affliction grew heavy upon me, and weighed me down even to a diffidence of God's mercy." -- Donne.

2. Distrust of one's self or one's own powers; lack of self-reliance; modesty; modest reserve; bashfulness.

"It is good to speak on such questions with diffidence." -- Macaulay.

"An Englishman's habitual diffidence and awkwardness of address." -- W. Irving.

Syn. -- Humility; bashfulness; distrust; suspicion; doubt; fear; timidity; apprehension; hesitation. See Humility, and Bashfulness.

 
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