One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence.‘I say this with some diffidence’
shyness, bashfulness, unassertiveness, modesty, modestness, self-effacement, humility, humbleness, meekness, timidity, timidness, timorousness, reserve, reticence, introversionView synonyms
- ‘If there was a little hesitation and diffidence as the games began, it soon vanished without a trace, for even the kids who seemed shy, lost their self-consciousness and joined wholeheartedly in the activities.’
- ‘After the initial period of diffidence and hesitation, the young ones got along quite well with one another, and became totally absorbed in the proceedings.’
- ‘It is with diffidence and humility that I greet the ultimate constitutional power in the Republic, the Presidential electors.’
- ‘But when they open the back door of each van, and peer into the sardine-packed interior, they are met by decades of accumulated mistrust, suspicion, diffidence and fear.’
- ‘So I think with some reluctance, with some diffidence, I come down on the positive side of the question.’
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