An example of diffidence is the inability or fear of ever asking or answering a question in class.
This recording has Pollard playing the bebop heavyweight against Scott's glacial diffidence.
In the opinion of the highest authority, Mark Pattison, "as a refutation of Scioppius it is most complete"; but there are certainly grounds for dissenting, though with diffidence, from this judgment.
We haue been guided by thee hitherto, And of thy Cunning had no diffidence, One sudden Foyle shall neuer breed distrust Bastard.
With habitual diffidence she handed a new manuscript to me and took (to the Ladies) momentary leave.
The sudden fall of Gambetta (26th January 1882) having removed the fear of immediate European complications, the cabinets of Berlin and Vienna again displayed diffidence towards Italy.