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diffidence

dif·fi·dence

diffidence

 
pronunciation:
dI f dns
part of speech: noun
definition: reticence; shyness.
Her father-in-law's diffidence made her wonder if he disapproved of her, but her husband assured her that this was not the case.
synonyms:
reticence, shyness
antonyms:
confidence, self-assurance
similar words:
introversion, modesty, reserve