What does the word diffidence mean?

Usage examples for diffidence

  1. And she looked lovely, as lovely as a guileless angel, as she mounted the steps with childlike diffidence- timidly, but with wide open eyes, as though something grand was awaiting her there- something she had long yearned for with her whole heart. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Mr. Marmaduke Haward was not likely to be accused of diffidence. – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  3. She had always refrained, in diffidence, or humility, from religious talk. – Idle Hour Stories by Eugenia Dunlap Potts