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diffident
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The Fountainhead
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  • The sketch lay on the Chinese artist’s table, and the artist stepped aside diffidently, in silence.
  • But he spoke, his head high, as an equal among equals, just subtly diffident, so that no great name present could take offense.
  • "You the fellow who built the Booby Hatch?" he asked, quite diffidently.
  • Heyer could not understand it; he always remembered Keating as the diffident boy who had talked to him so nicely about old porcelain.
  • Their diffident presence completed the picture of a feudal mansion.
  • "Yes," said Keating, a faint coating of diffidence over the tone he had used in discussions with his classmates, "but windows are less important than the dignity of a building’s facade."
  • "It’s not just a house, Mr. Roark," he said with timid diffidence, as if he were speaking to a man older and more prominent than himself, "it’s like…like a symbol to me.

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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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