Diffidence | Word of The Day

Diffidence

Diffidence /ˈdɪfɪd(ə)ns/ noun

Meaning

Shyness or modesty, resulting from a lack of confidence

Etymology

Latin. Diffidentia, Diffidere.

“mistrust, distrust, want of confidence”

“to mistrust, lack of confidence”

Estimated First Use

c. 1400

Example

The youth sat down as directed, but reluctantly and with diffidence – The White Company, Arthur Conan Doyle

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