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  • Gabriel waited again and then, fearing that diffidence was about to conquer him, he said abruptly: "By the way, Gretta!"
  • Now that she had fallen to him so easily, he wondered why he had been so diffident.

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  • She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
  • At first, he could give no encouragement; with unfeigned diffidence, he expressed his conviction that he was not adequate to the performance of so great a task;
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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