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Definition of Diffidence

Diffidence

  1. The state of being diffident; distrust; want of confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of others.
  2. Distrust of one's self or one's own powers; lack of self-reliance; modesty; modest reserve; bashfulness.

Diffidence Quotations

I went from resenting my mother-in-law to accepting her, finally to appreciating her. What appeared to be her diffidence when I was first married, I now value as serenity.
Ayelet Waldman

Where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world.
Jane Austen

Ability hits the mark where presumption overshoots and diffidence falls short.
Golda Meir

Things come in a quieter way to me. It's not laziness, and it's not diffidence. I just know how far you have to bend for work. That's important for me.
John Hurt

God is displeased at the diffidence of souls who love Him sincerely and whom He Himself loves.
Alphonsus Liguori
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