diffidence


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dif·fi·dence

 (dĭf′ĭ-dəns, -dĕns′)
n.
The quality or state of being diffident; timidity or shyness.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diffidence - lack of self-confidence
timidity, timidness, timorousness - fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
hesitance, hesitancy - a feeling of diffidence and indecision about doing something
unassertiveness - diffidence about self promotion
confidence - a feeling of trust (in someone or something); "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"

diffidence

diffidence

noun
Reserve in speech, behavior, or dress:
Translations
عَدَم ثِقَه
nedostatek sebedůvěrynesmělost
skyhedusikkerhed
óframfærni, feimni
nedostatok sebadôvery
çekingenlik

diffidence

[ˈdɪfɪdəns] Ninseguridad f, falta f de confianza en sí mismo

diffidence

[ˈdɪfɪdəns] nmanque m d'assurance

diffidence

nBescheidenheit f, → Zurückhaltung f; (of smile)Zaghaftigkeit f

diffidence

[ˈdɪfɪdns] nriservatezza

diffident

(ˈdifidənt) adjective
not confident.
ˈdiffidently adverb
ˈdiffidence noun
References in classic literature ?
Well, hardening my heart, and putting my diffidence into my ragged pocket, I approached Peter Petrovitch, and halted before him more dead than alive.
I had, however, the less diffidence in that it would have a technical interest for her, being indeed no other than a song of cycling a deux which had been suggested by one of those alarmist danger-posts always placed at the top of the pleasantest hills, sternly warning the cyclist that "this hill is dangerous,"--just as in life there is always some minatory notice-board frowning upon us in the direction we most desire to take.
That is an emotion in which tenderness is an essential part, but Strickland had no tenderness either for himself or for others; there is in love a sense of weakness, a desire to protect, an eagerness to do good and to give pleasure -- if not unselfishness, at all events a selfishness which marvellously conceals itself; it has in it a certain diffidence.
Whether from diffidence or shame, or a touch of anger, or mere procrastination, or because (as we have seen) he had no skill in literary arts, or because (as I am sometimes tempted to suppose) there is a law in human nature that prevents young men - not otherwise beasts - from the performance of this simple act of piety - months and years had gone by, and John had never written.
Having resolved to do it without loss of time, as his leave of absence extended only to the following Saturday, and having no feelings of diffidence to make it distressing to himself even at the moment, he set about it in a very orderly manner, with all the observances, which he supposed a regular part of the business.
But my mother dissuaded me from declining it on that account: I should do vastly well, she said, if I would only throw aside my diffidence, and acquire a little more confidence in myself.
To confess the truth, he had rather too much diffidence in himself, and was not forward enough in seeing the advances of a young lady; a misfortune which can be cured only by that early town education, which is at present so generally in fashion.
In this article Angell defends James's theory and to me--though I speak with diffidence on a question as to which I have little competence--it appears that his defence is on the whole successful.
But he declined, on the plea of inexperience, diffidence in public, lack of curiosity, and I didn't know what all.
Cruncher, with some diffidence, explained himself as meaning "Old Nick's.
As he had shown no diffidence on the subject, I ventured on the liberty of asking him the question, when he stood before me, dusting his hands.
The diffidence, then, with which I venture to dispute their authority would be overwhelming did I not feel, from the bottom of my heart, that learning has little to do with the imagination-intellect with the passions-or age with poetry.