Diffident

Definition of Diffident

Dif´fi`dent
a.1.Wanting confidence in others; distrustful.
You were always extremely diffident of their success.
- Melmoth.
2.Wanting confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve.
The diffident maidens,
Folding their hands in prayer.
- Longfellow.

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