Diffidence is defined as lack of confidence or shyness.(noun)
An example of diffidence is the inability or fear of ever asking or answering a question in class.
See diffidence in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < L diffidentia < diffidens, prp. of diffidere, to distrust < dis-, not + fidere, to trust: see faith
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