diffident


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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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He was very anxious to testify his appreciation in some way, but he is so diffident he couldn't venture it himself, and so he begged me to buy some little things and give them to you and Dame Phyllis and let him pay for them with- out your ever knowing they came from him -- you know how a delicate person feels about that sort of thing -- and so I said I would, and we would keep mum.
He was anxious to avoid the notice of his cousins, from a conviction that if they saw him depart, they could not fail to conjecture his design, and he was not willing to have the attempt known till its success might be known likewise; for though feeling almost secure, and with reason, for Charlotte had been tolerably encouraging, he was comparatively diffident since the adventure of Wednesday.
diffident in allowing the sarcastic Aramis to perceive how strong were his paternal feelings.
This is what we sincere and diffident men have to contend with in affairs of the heart.
I imagined her diffident, lying very quiet, with her side nestling shyly against the wharf to which she was made fast with very new lines, intimidated by the company of her tried and experienced sisters already familiar with all the violences of the ocean and the exacting love of men.
Opportunities of getting to Hetty's side would be sure to turn up in the course of the day, and Adam contented himself with that for he disliked any risk of being "joked" about Hetty--the big, outspoken, fearless man was very shy and diffident as to his love- making.
It is the only way of dealing with diffident, easily embarrassed characters, and with some slight manual aid I presently got her placed just where wanted her to be, that is, between my desk and the window, where she was screened from the rush of the second division, and where no one could sneak behind her to listen.
Edward (replied she) you are surely too diffident in your own praise.
Now, she was both diffident and importunate; extremely reserved sometimes with her friends, and strangely expansive with strangers.
His manner abroad had lost its ex- citable watchfulness; it had become puzzled and diffident, as though he had suspected that there was somewhere about him something slightly com- promising, some embarrassing oddity; and yet had remained unable to discover what on earth this something wrong could be.
She put on no air of being there by accident; there was an ignorance of such arts in her angular, diffident directness.
He was evidently more friendly than fierce, but he was more diffident than friendly.