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 Meanings and Examples of DIFFIDENCE
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diffidence
 n.  lack of self-confidence
Classic Sentence: (29 in 2 pages)
1  There was an unceremonious directness, a searching, decided steadfastness in his gaze now, which told that intention, and not diffidence, had hitherto kept it averted from the stranger.
Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
2  Jane's temper was not desponding, and she was gradually led to hope, though the diffidence of affection sometimes overcame the hope, that Bingley would return to Netherfield and answer every wish of her heart.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 21
3  Miss Darcy, though with a diffidence which marked her little in the habit of giving invitations, readily obeyed.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 44
4  This naturally introduced a panegyric from Jane on his diffidence, and the little value he put on his own good qualities.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 55
5  His diffidence had prevented his depending on his own judgment in so anxious a case, but his reliance on mine made every thing easy.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Get Context   In Chapter 58
6  Her diffidence, gratitude, and softness made every expression of indifference seem almost an effort of self-denial; seem, at least, to be giving nearly as much pain to herself as to him.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIII
7  He was not generally popular among the undergraduates, though it always seemed to me that what was set down as pride was really an attempt to cover extreme natural diffidence.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VI. The Adventure of The Musgrave Ritual
8  It is years since the incidents of which I speak took place, and yet it is with diffidence that I allude to them.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In VII. THE ADVENTURE OF CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON
9  My father was in the meantime overjoyed and in the bustle of preparation only recognized in the melancholy of his niece the diffidence of a bride.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 22
10  As he had shown no diffidence on the subject, I ventured on the liberty of asking him the question, when he stood before me, dusting his hands.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXIV
11  Yet he approached them with great diffidence and none of his late mincing and prancing.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Gogol
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER VIII
12  Provincial diffidence, that slight varnish, the ephemeral flower, that down of the peach, had evaporated to the winds through the little orthodox counsels which the three Musketeers gave their friend.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In 11 IN WHICH THE PLOT THICKENS
13  Even with Honey, with whom he had an unspoken understanding of marriage when he came into his property next fall, he was diffident and silent.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
14  Now, Hugh Elsing, Rene, the Simmons boys, Andy Bonnell and the others found him pleasant, diffident about putting himself forward and embarrassed when they spoke of the obligation they owed him.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LII
15  She felt his kiss, diffident and reverent, on her eyelid.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXI
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