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diffident - Dictionary definition and meaning for word diffident

(adj) showing modest reserve
Example Sentence
  • she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture

(adj) lacking self-confidence
Synonyms : shy , timid , unsure
Example Sentence
  • stood in the doorway diffident and abashed
  • problems that call for bold not timid responses
  • a very unsure young man

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for diffident

diffident = difficult to be confident
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by pateheo

The root DI- means lacking. The root FIDE- (like FIDElity) means trust. Therefore, DIFFIDENT means lacking trust or confidence
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by dshefman

Sounds similar to Confidence..instead of con this word has dif in beginning.. dif (difference, subtract and hence in negative sense)..so diffident means opposite of confidence.
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by Vedant

Look at the root word "Fident" you can place Con+fident, or Dif+fident. They are polar opposites.
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by solracselbor

It is difficult to have CONFIDENCE when you are different
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by johnnyboywalker

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