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Diffident

Diffident Meaning & Definition
Diffident Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Diffident?

[adj] lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
[adj] showing modest reserve; "she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Diffident: reserved | shy | timid | unconfident | unsure

Related Terms | Find terms related to Diffident: bashful | boggling | cautious | cowardly | coy | demure | demurring | deprecative | deprecatory | faltering | fearful | fearing | fearsome | goosy | hesitant | hesitating | in fear | jibbing | jumpy | modest | mousy | nervous | qualmish | rabbity | reluctant | retiring | scary | scrupling | scrupulous | self-deprecating | self-depreciating | self-depreciative | self-distrustful | self-doubting | self-effacing | shaky | shilly-shallying | shivery | shrinking | shy | skittery | skittish | squeamish | startlish | sticking | stickling | straining | tentative | timid | timorous | trembling | tremulous | trepidant | trigger-happy | unassertive | unassured | unselfconfident | unselfreliant

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Diffident In Webster's Dictionary

\Dif"fi*dent\, a. [L. diffidens, -entis, p. pr. of diffidere; dif- = dis + fidere to trust; akin to fides faith. See {Faith}, and cf. {Defy}.] 1. Wanting confidence in others; distrustful. [Archaic] You were always extremely diffident of their success. --Melmoth. 2. Wanting confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve. The diffident maidens, Folding their hands in prayer. --Longfellow. Syn: Distrustful; suspicious; hesitating; doubtful; modest; bashful; lowly; reserved.

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