- Even with Honey, with whom he had an unspoken understanding of marriage when he came into his property next fall, he was diffident and silent.
- Now, Hugh Elsing, Rene, the Simmons boys, Andy Bonnell and the others found him pleasant, diffident about putting himself forward and embarrassed when they spoke of the obligation they owed him.
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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