- He presented his idols diffidently, but he expanded in Carol’s bookishness, in Miss Sherwin’s voluminous praise, in Kennicott’s tolerance of any one who amused his wife.
- If she had let him diffidently make love to her, it was not because she cared, but because she did not care, because it did not matter.
- She came diffidently to the second meeting of the board.
- She felt his kiss, diffident and reverent, on her eyelid.
- She watched him marching from the train, solid, assured, carrying his heavy suit-case, and she was diffident—he was such a bulky person to handle.
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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;
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Frederick Douglass -- The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass