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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diffident  \Dif"fi*dent\,  a.  [L.  diffidens,  -entis,  p.  pr  of 
  diffidere  dif-  =  dis  +  fidere  to  trust;  akin  to  fides  faith. 
  See  {Faith},  and  cf  {Defy}.] 
  1.  Wanting  confidence  in  others  distrustful.  [Archaic] 
 
  You  were  always  extremely  diffident  of  their 
  success.  --Melmoth. 
 
  2.  Wanting  confidence  in  one's  self  distrustful  of  one's  own 
  powers;  not  self-reliant;  timid;  modest;  bashful; 
  characterized  by  modest  reserve. 
 
  The  diffident  maidens,  Folding  their  hands  in 
  prayer.  --Longfellow. 
 
  Syn:  Distrustful;  suspicious;  hesitating;  doubtful;  modest; 
  bashful;  lowly;  reserved. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diffident 
  adj  1:  showing  modest  reserve;  "she  was  diffident  when  offering  a 
  comment  on  the  professor's  lecture" 
  2:  lacking  self-confidence;  "stood  in  the  doorway  diffident  and 
  abashed";  "problems  that  call  for  bold  not  timid 
  responses";  "a  very  unsure  young  man"  [syn:  {shy},  {timid}, 
  {unsure}] 




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