dif·fi·dence /ˈdɪfədən(t)s, fəˌdɛn(t)s/
1. The state of being diffident; distrust; want of confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of others. [Archaic]
That affliction grew heavy upon me, and weighed me down even to a diffidence of God's mercy. --Donne.
2. Distrust of one's self or one's own powers; lack of self-reliance; modesty; modest reserve; bashfulness.
It is good to speak on such questions with diffidence. --Macaulay.
An Englishman's habitual diffidence and awkwardness of address. --W. Irving.
Syn: -- Humility; bashfulness; distrust; suspicion; doubt; fear; timidity; apprehension; hesitation. See Humility, and Bashfulness.
n : lack of self-confidence [syn: self-doubt, self-distrust]