diffidence

[ dif-i-duhns ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Late Middle English; Latin

from Latin diffident- ‘failing in trust’, from the verb diffidere, from dis- (expressing reversal) + fidere ‘to trust’

Synonyms

  • bashful
  • demure
  • meek
  • self-conscious
  • self-deprecating
  • sheepish
  • timid
  • unassuming

Antonyms

  • aggressive
  • bold
  • brave
  • confident
  • extroverted

Definition

modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence

Example

Lacy's diffidence caused her to eat lunch alone in the bathroom on her first day at a new school.

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