diffidence diffidence


  • (n) lack of self-confidence



  1. The fact is, Obama may be blowing a major opportunity for reform with his domestic-policy diffidence.
  2. In other words, nuance surfing and windsurfing and Kerry's diffidence about his faith were as damaging to Democrats as homosexuality and abortion.
  3. Not only has the Pope discarded past Vatican diffidence to speak openly about the scandal, he has exceeded all expectations for both his attention and his pastoral touch.


  • Britten's Escape

    Neil Pride, reply by Leo Carey To the Editors : With some diffidence as just “an interested reader” and the hope that Britten “scholars” will comment on Leo Carey’s interesting article [“The Battle of Britten,” NYR , August 15], I feel the author’s linking a supposed “retreat” by Britten following the premiere of Gloriana in 1953 with the setting up of the English Opera Group and the Aldeburgh ...
    on October 4, 2013     Source: New York Review of Books


  1. "Well, there was never any nervousness or diffidence even when I did my first take. I was pretty sure of what I wanted to do. And then, my goals are different," says Gul.
    on Jul 23, 2007 By: Gul Panag Source: Times of India

  2. "Italians have a deep-rooted wariness and diffidence toward people in power," said Severgnini, author of "The Italian Mind," a tongue-in-cheek look at the country's mores.
    on Aug 28, 2005 By: Beppe Severgnini Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  3. "The only thing which is holding back India's coherent anti-piracy policy is its diffidence. We would have been undertaking certain things permissible under law. India, which has the highest politico-military framework, has not been doing...
    on Nov 19, 2008 By: Bhaskar Source: Thaindian.com (blog)

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