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diffident
used in The Fountainhead

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Definition
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
  • The sketch lay on the Chinese artist's table, and the artist stepped aside diffidently, in silence.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (85% in)
  • But he spoke, his head high, as an equal among equals, just subtly diffident, so that no great name present could take offense.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (37% in)
  • "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."
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (39% in)
  • "You the fellow who built the Booby Hatch?" he asked, quite diffidently.
    1.13 — Part 1 Chapter 13 (1% in)
  • "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.
    1.13 — Part 1 Chapter 13 (34% in)
  • Heyer could not understand it; he always remembered Keating as the diffident boy who had talked to him so nicely about old porcelain.
    1.14 — Part 1 Chapter 14 (5% in)
  • Their diffident presence completed the picture of a feudal mansion.
    2.2 — Part 2 Chapter 2 (18% in)

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