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Meaning of DIFFIDENT

Pronunciation:  'difidunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man"
  2. [adj]  showing modest reserve; "she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture"

DIFFIDENT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: reserved, shy, timid, unconfident, unsure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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