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diffident

dif·fi·dent

diffident

 
 
pronunciation:
dI f dnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: unsure of oneself; shy; demure.
The inventor was an unassuming and diffident man who found it difficult to persuade would-be investors.The young substitute teacher addressed the students in a diffident manner.
antonyms:
confident
similar words:
bashful, demure, queer, shy, timid
definition 2: reserved or restrained in manner.
As he was a diffident man, it was unlike him to show affection.
synonyms:
reserved, restrained
similar words:
cold, distant, formal, remote, reticent
derivation: diffidently (adv.)
Word Parts
The word diffident contains the following part:
dif- Latin prefix that means not, apart, reverse, negate
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The prefix dif- is an assimilated form of the prefix dis-, used before roots beginning with "f", such as "fid" and "fer." See dis-.