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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