Part of speech: noun

Self distrust; shyness; modesty. diffidentness.

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Usage examples "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", Georg Ebers.
  2. Mr. Marmaduke Haward was not likely to be accused of diffidence. - "Audrey", Mary Johnston.
  3. She had always refrained, in diffidence, or humility, from religious talk. - "Idle Hour Stories", Eugenia Dunlap Potts.