Definition of diffidence
: the quality or state of being unassertive or bashful : the quality or state of being diffident
Recent Examples of diffidence from the Web
Alicia’s single-minded pursuit of McBurney stands in stark contrast to the sadness and diffidence that clings to Edwina, whom Dunst, Coppola’s most reliable muse, plays with piercing vulnerability.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, too, seemed baffled by Comey's diffidence.
Ron’s diffidence, a trait both touching and laugh-inducing, is the antithesis of Ethan’s pizzazz, while Aquino shows that the forceful, even intimidating Deborah obviously was Alice’s role model.
But Ross’s own diffidence and her belief in collaboration also kept her work in the shadows.
Their men’s team collapsed in a heap in the World Cup two years ago and continues to play with a listlessness and diffidence in these Olympics.
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