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Definitionhesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
- Young men should be diffident of themselves, you know, M. Clerval: I was myself when young; but that wears out in a very short time.Chapter 6 (69% in)
- My father was in the meantime overjoyed and in the bustle of preparation only recognized in the melancholy of his niece the diffidence of a bride.Chapter 22 (84% in)
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