Yet in his smiling good humour there was not a trace of bashfulness or diffidence.
Still Lucy spoke with diffidence, as she always did when she touched upon her faith.
His years of companionship with his mother had bred in him a sort of shyness, a diffidence.
I had a singular instance of this diffidence in the autumn of last year.
The author is a first-rate poet, but it appears that he undertook this task with some diffidence.
She apologized, but I felt that the diffidence was more politic than sincere.
Lowly self-estimation is by no means a constant accompaniment of diffidence.
Had he been taken with a fit of diffidence, and been less precipitate than he intended?
But my diffidence in doing so is such that I must approach it deviously, describing it first by means of a figure.
The Colonel noticed my diffidence, and gave me a searching look.