View synonyms for timidity


[ ti-mid-i-tee ]


  1. the state or quality of lacking in self-assurance, courage, or bravery:

    The stakes are too high for the officials charged with making decisions to succumb to timidity and refuse to act.

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Other Words From

  • o·ver·tim·id·ness noun
  • o·ver·ti·mid·i·ty noun
  • un·tim·id·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of timidity1

First recorded in 1510–20; from Latin timiditās, equivalent to timid(us) + -i- connecting vowel + -tās noun suffix; timid ( def ), -i- ( def ), -ty 2( def )

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Example Sentences

Though their approach was conservative, it shouldn’t be seen as timid.

Another memorable moment is when a decision to punt by the warden’s team is described by announcers as “kind of a timid or a chicken kind of football.”

For the first time at any presidential or vice-presidential debate, a nominee said that their administration would “decriminalize marijuana” — a winner in polls that other Democrats have been timid about discussing.

Davis played a timid housewife who goes road-tripping with her not-at-all timid friend, played by Susan Sarandon.

Mailer would argue, for example, that timidity does more harm to the novelist than donning a mask of extreme self-confidence.

Winograd and Hais see millennial timidity as a mostly temporary phenomena.

American timidity towards Israel has certainly earned his criticism.

They like boldness and despise the appearance of timidity and protracted doubt.

There were those who lagged behind out of incomprehension, political calculation, or timidity.

Setting aside timidity, we find that well-informed persons are sometimes‌ good listeners, but no talkers.

Entrusted with sixty thousand men with orders to make a vast turning movement, his timidity spoiled the Emperor's careful plans.

Age asks with timidity to be spared intolerable pain; youth, taking fortune by the beard, demands joy like a right.

As her children had to be defended, all her feminine timidity had disappeared and made way for a cold and energetic resolution.

Was it timidity, pride, or prudence which restrained me from all communication with the unfortunate and degraded of their sex?


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