2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Diffidence \Dif"fi*dence\, noun [L. diffidentia.]

1. The state of being diffident; distrust; want of confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of others. [Archaic]

That affliction grew heavy upon me, and weighed me down even to a diffidence of God's mercy. --Donne.

2. Distrust of one's self or one's own powers; lack of self-reliance; modesty; modest reserve; bashfulness.

It is good to speak on such questions with diffidence. --Macaulay.

An Englishman's habitual diffidence and awkwardness of address. --W. Irving.

Syn: Humility; bashfulness; distrust; suspicion; doubt; fear; timidity; apprehension; hesitation. See {Humility}, and {Bashfulness}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: lack of self-confidence [syn: {diffidence}, {self-doubt}, {self-distrust}] [ant: {confidence}]

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