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diffident
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
  • Of course, when the miller talked of "mapping" and "summing" in a vague and diffident manner, Mr Stelling had set his mind at rest by an assurance that he understood what was wanted; for how was it possible the good man could form any reasonable judgment about the matter?
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (31% in)
  • He was a tall youth now, carrying himself without the least awkwardness, and speaking without more shyness than was a becoming symptom of blended diffidence and pride; he wore his tail-coat and his stand-up collars, and watched the down on his lip with eager impatience, looking every day at his virgin razor, with which he had provided himself in the last holidays.
    2.7 -- Book 2 Chapter 7 -- The Golden Gates Are Passed (29% in)
  • "You're a very kind fellow, Bob," he said, coloring, with that little diffident tremor in his voice which gave a certain charm even to Tom's pride and severity, "and I sha'n't forget you again, though I didn't know you this evening.
    3.6 -- Book 3 Chapter 6 -- Tending to Refute the Popular Prejudice…. (76% in)
  • So when Bob called the next day at the wharf to know the decision, Tom proposed that they should go together to his uncle Glegg's to open the business; for his diffident pride clung to him, and made him feel that Bobs' tongue would relieve him from some embarrassment.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- Aunt Glegg Learns the Breadth of Bob's Thumb (26% in)
  • He felt this so keenly,—with such intense, detailed remembrance, with such passionate revival of all that had been said and looked in their last conversation,—that with that jealousy and distrust which in diffident natures is almost inevitably linked with a strong feeling, he thought he read in Maggie's glance and manner the evidence of a change.
    6.7 -- Book 6 Chapter 7 -- Philip Re-enters (18% in)

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