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synonyms for diffidence

  • backwardness
  • bashfulness
  • constraint
  • doubt
  • fear
  • hesitation
  • humility
  • insecurity
  • meekness
  • modesty
  • reluctance
  • reserve
  • self-consciousness
  • sheepishness
  • shyness
  • timidity
  • timidness
  • timorousness
  • unassertiveness
  • mousiness
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antonyms for diffidence

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  • arrogance
  • boldness
  • certainty
  • confidence
  • courage
  • pride
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How to use diffidence in a sentence

Mr. Addison, whose abilities no man can doubt, was from diffidence totally unable to speak in the house.
THE BOOK OF ANECDOTES AND BUDGET OF FUN;VARIOUS
Such as this translation is I offer it with diffidence, realising that I have undertaken a difficult task.
HONEY-BEEANATOLE FRANCE
There came a little bubble of laughter from Peggy, which seemed to remove all diffidence from Collingwood.
A BUTTERFLY ON THE WHEELCYRIL ARTHUR EDWARD RANGER GULL
For a time I attributed your reserve to diffidence, and trusted that time and my efforts would dissipate it.
ALONEMARION HARLAND
With a slight protest of diffidence, the Doctor unfolded the paper, scanned the page for an instant, and began slowly.
MOLLY MAKE-BELIEVEELEANOR HALLOWELL ABBOTT
Our observations on this head were so meagre that I can only make with the greatest diffidence a few statements about them.
MOUNT EVEREST THE RECONNAISSANCE, 1921CHARLES KENNETH HOWARD-BURY
With regard to all your diffidence of yourself, we laugh at it.
MEMOIRS OF THE COURTS AND CABINETS OF GEORGE THE THIRDTHE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM AND CHANDOS
Lowly self-estimation is by no means a constant accompaniment of diffidence.
ERNEST LINWOODCAROLINE LEE HENTZ
Ralph's previous diffidence disappeared under the flush of anger aroused by the porter's words.
RALPH GRANGER'S FORTUNESWILLIAM PERRY BROWN
A shy, reticent man, behind that hard mask was a diffidence unsuspected by his closest friends.
THE DAFFODIL MYSTERYEDGAR WALLACE
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO DIFFIDENCE

  • bashfulness
  • coyness
  • demureness
  • diffidence
  • hesitancy
  • reluctance
  • reticence
  • timidness
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.