Definition of diffidence in English:

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diffidence

Pronunciation: /ˈdɪfɪd(ə)ns/

noun

[mass noun]
Modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence: I say this with some diffidence
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
insecurity, self-doubt, apprehension, uncertainty, hesitancy, nervousness, reluctance, restraint, inhibition, unease, uneasiness;
self-consciousness, shame, embarrassment, sheepishness

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