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The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence.

At this point Wanhope hesitated with a kind of diffidence that was rather charming in him.

Mr. Cruncher, with some diffidence, explained himself as meaning "Old Nick's."

His manner betrayed a curious mixture of diffidence and assurance.

The diffidence of his tone proved startling to her by virtue of its unusualness.

My friends are in the habit of amusing themselves with my diffidence and my timidity.

With regard to all your diffidence of yourself, we laugh at it.

Lowly self-estimation is by no means a constant accompaniment of diffidence.

But John's priestly tutors had schooled him in diffidence, if in nothing else.

When she spoke, it was with a touch of diffidence and hesitation in her voice.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Latin diffidentia "mistrust, distrust, want of confidence," from diffidere "to mistrust, lack confidence," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + fidere "to trust" (see faith). Modern sense is of "distrusting oneself" (1650s). The original sense was the opposite of confidence.

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