1. dif- "lack of, not" + fid- + -ence.
2. => mistrust, distrust, lack confidence, distrusting oneself.
- diffidence: see defy
- diffidence (n.)
- c. 1400, from Latin diffidentia "mistrust, distrust, want of confidence," from diffidere "to mistrust, lack confidence," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + fidere "to trust" (see faith). Modern sense is of "distrusting oneself" (1650s). The original sense was the opposite of confidence.
- 1. What women mistake as thoughtlessness is often just diffidence.
- 2. He entered the room with a certain diffidence.
- 3. He failed through diffidence.
- 4. Mr. Cruncher, with some diffidence, explained himself as meaning'Old Nick's.'
- 克朗彻先生觉得有点扫兴, 解释说他指的是 “ 老撒旦 ”.
来自英汉文学 - 双城记
- 5. As a result Heath rarely exhibited Nixon's crippling diffidence.
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