diffidence

[dif-i-duhns]
noun
the quality or state of being diffident.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin diffīdentia mistrust, want of confidence. See diffident, -ence

nondiffidence, noun
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diffident (ˈdɪfɪdənt)
 
adj
lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
 
[C15: from Latin diffīdere to distrust, from dis- not + fīdere to trust]
 
'diffidence
 
n
 
'diffidently
 
adv

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diffidence
1520s, from L. diffidentia "want of confidence," from diffidere "to mistrust, lack confidence," from dis- "away" + fidere "to trust" (see faith). Modern sense is of "distrusting oneself" (1650s). The original sense was the opposite of confidence.
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Example sentences
Each sentence seems to be sprung from coy diffidence and measured irony.
In political life, he kept his ambition well buried under layers of diffidence
  and urbanity.
Building robotic traffic police and guides will make it easier for people to
  overcome their diffidence.
The result is salacious overkill one moment, but unexpected diffidence the next.
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