- lack of confidence in the reliability of one's own motives, personality, thought, etc.
Origin of self-doubt
First recorded in 1840–50
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Examples from the Web for self-doubt
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
But self-doubt, while a healthy quality for human beings to have, is alas not a plus for politicians.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person
January 2, 2015
His self-doubt prompts him to exert more control and project bitterness.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
Go to work, board a plane or train if you were planning to travel—do not indulge in fear or self-doubt.A Time for Resilience
April 16, 2013
E. “Thanks for this lovely blunt object that I will forever more use as a weapon against all self-doubt.”
How can a man be sufficiently wanting in self-doubt as to believe in himself?His Masterpiece
The moments of silence were expanded by gathering compunction and self-doubt.
Her self-doubt was grappled by a stronger will and a stronger conviction than her own.
I seem to detect a sort of self-doubt—as though she feared making some error.Robert Orange
John Oliver Hobbes
Peter was very tender-hearted, very sympathetic, very prone to self-doubt.The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- the act or state of doubting oneself
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