- Modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence: I say this with some diffidenceMore example sentences
shyness, bashfulness, unassertiveness, modesty, modestness, self-effacement, humility, humbleness, meekness, timidity, timidness, timorousness, reserve, reticence, introversion; insecurity, self-doubt, apprehension, uncertainty, hesitancy, nervousness, reluctance, restraint, inhibition, unease, uneasiness; self-consciousness, shame, embarrassment, sheepishness
- If there was a little hesitation and diffidence as the games began, it soon vanished without a trace, for even the kids who seemed shy, lost their self-consciousness and joined wholeheartedly in the activities.
- It is with diffidence and humility that I greet the ultimate constitutional power in the Republic, the Presidential electors.
- After the initial period of diffidence and hesitation, the young ones got along quite well with one another, and became totally absorbed in the proceedings.