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diffident
used in Great Expectations

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Definition
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
  • As he had shown no diffidence on the subject, I ventured on the liberty of asking him the question, when he stood before me, dusting his hands.
    Chapter 24 (75% in)
  • "Say a good fellow, if you want a phrase," returned Herbert, smiling, and clapping his hand on the back of mine—"a good fellow, with impetuosity and hesitation, boldness and diffidence, action and dreaming, curiously mixed in him."
    Chapter 30 (49% in)
  • When she left off—and she had not laughed languidly, but with real enjoyment—I said, in my diffident way with her,— "I hope I may suppose that you would not be amused if they did me any harm."
    Chapter 33 (31% in)
  • I presently asked, with increasing diffidence.
    Chapter 57 (62% in)

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