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diffident

adjective abashed, awestricken, awestruck, bashful, blushful, blushing, cautious, demure, deprecating, deprecative, diffidens, embarrassed, fainthearted, faltering, hesitating, humble, humbled, lacking self-confidence, overanxious, overapprehensive, overshy, qualmish, quiet, reserved, retiring, self-conscious, self-effacing, shaky, shameful, sheepish, shrinking, shy, timid, timorous, treading warily, tremulous, unambitious, unassuming, unheard, unimposing, unpretentious, unsure of oneself, wary, without vanity
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At a recent conference, I rather diffidently began to point out some of the problems with the modern Western world, only to be bluntly interrupted and asked, "Do you want to go back to nineteenth-century dentistry?
He used to walk out a little bit diffidently and we'd say 'come on Belly, look the part
If a girl does not bring dowry with herself diffidently she will have to bear the wrath of her family (father -in law's house).
Whereas Obama had diffidently spoken of a "limited" operation then, he went much further on Tuesday, stating that aside from degrading Assad's chemical weapons capabilities "we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition [and] allow Syria ultimately to free itself" from its civil war.
32) He adds diffidently that "even as such, some apology for it is necessary" in light of its fanciful use of "miracles, visions, necromancy, dreams, and other preternatural events.
Diffidently defending Lessing's controversial representations of white racism and African colonialism, Walder acknowledges the disparities in her characterizations of whites, coloreds, and blacks, but reminds readers that "Lessing's dilemma is the vexed one of all white settler writings, viewed from the postcolonial perspective.
So now we go back further, to November 30, 1949, when Timothy John Evans diffidently stepped into Merthyr's police station.
Marcos also deserved to win," he said almost diffidently on court afterwards.
In 1920 she met the Duke of York, the second son of King George V, who fell in love with her and pursued her diffidently, but with persistence.
I can't tell if he's being diffidently modest or disarmingly honest, or perhaps a mixture of the two.
You saw it projected onstage rather than felt by the audience, as part of the music's artifice, in band after band with cool eyewear, retrospective yearnings and the trebly sound of Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters: Girls, Yuck, EMA, Ximena Sarinana, M83, the Shins, Real Estate, and even the R&B singer Frank Ocean, beset with sound problems, singing beautifully and moving diffidently.