Dif"fi*dence (?), n. [L. diffidentia.]
The state of being diffident; distrust; want of confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of others.
That affliction grew heavy upon me, and weighed me down even to a diffidence of God's mercy.
Distrust of one's self or one's own powers; lack of self-reliance; modesty; modest reserve; bashfulness.
It is good to speak on such questions with diffidence.
An Englishman's habitual diffidence and awkwardness of adress.
Syn. -- Humility; bashfulness; distrust; suspicion; doubt; fear; timidity; apprehension; hesitation. See Humility, and Bashfulness.
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