their state of being diffident distrust intend of confidence doubt associated with power ability or disposition of other people
- decreased confidence
- their state of being diffident; distrust; desire of self-confidence; question for the power, ability, or personality of other individuals.
- Distrust of the self or a person's very own powers; lack of self-reliance; modesty; small reserve; bashfulness.
c.1400, from Latin diffidentia "mistrust, distrust, desire of confidence," from diffidere "to mistrust, absence self-confidence," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + fidere "to trust" (see belief). Modern good sense is of "distrusting yourself" (1650s). The first feeling ended up being the opposite of self-confidence.
(n.) The state to be diffident; distrust; wish of confidence; question of the energy, capability, or personality of other people.
- (n.) Distrust of your self or one's very own abilities; decreased self-reliance; modesty; moderate book; bashfulness.
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.