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diffident

[ dif-i-duhnt ]
/ ˈdɪf ɪ dənt /
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adjective

lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.
restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
Archaic. distrustful.

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Origin of diffident

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin diffīdent- (stem of diffīdēns “mistrusting, despairing,” present participle of diffīdere), equivalent to dif-dif- + fīd- “trust” + -ent--ent
1. See shy1.
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British Dictionary definitions for diffident

diffident
/ (ˈdɪfɪdənt) /

adjective

lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
diffidence, noundiffidently, adverb
C15: from Latin diffīdere to distrust, from dis- not + fīdere to trust
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