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Pronunciation:  'difiduns

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[n]  lack of self-confidence

DIFFIDENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: self-distrust, self-doubt
 Antonyms: confidence
 See Also: hesitance, hesitancy, personality, timidity, timidness, timorousness, unassertiveness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dif"fi*dence\, n. [L. diffidentia.]
1. The state of being diffident; distrust; want of
   confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of
   others. [Archaic]

         That affliction grew heavy upon me, and weighed me
         down even to a diffidence of God's mercy. --Donne.

2. Distrust of one's self or one's own powers; lack of
   self-reliance; modesty; modest reserve; bashfulness.

         It is good to speak on such questions with
         diffidence.                           --Macaulay.

         An Englishman's habitual diffidence and awkwardness
         of address.                           --W. Irving.

Syn: Humility; bashfulness; distrust; suspicion; doubt; fear;
     timidity; apprehension; hesitation. See {Humility}, and

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