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diffident

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

Diffident \Dif"fi*dent\, adjective [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.

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

diffident

adjective

1: showing modest reserve; "she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture"

2: lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man" [syn: {diffident}, {shy}, {timid}, {unsure}] [ant: {confident}]


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