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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of diffidere 'to distrust', from fidere 'to trust'

diffident

adjective
     
dif‧fi‧dent
shy and not wanting to make people notice you or talk about you
diffident about
He was diffident about his own success.
diffidently adverb
diffidence noun [uncountable]

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