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 for diffident
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Diffident \Dif"fi*dent\, a. [L. diffidens, -entis, p. pr. of
     diffidere; dif- = dis + fidere to trust; akin to fides faith.
     See Faith, and cf. Defy.]
     1. Wanting confidence in others; distrustful. [Archaic]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              You were always extremely diffident of their
              success.                              --Melmoth.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Wanting confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own
        powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful;
        characterized by modest reserve.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The diffident maidens,
              Folding their hands in prayer.        --Longfellow.
  
     Syn: Distrustful; suspicious; hesitating; doubtful; modest;
          bashful; lowly; reserved.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  diffident
      adj 1: showing modest reserve; "she was diffident when offering
             a comment on the professor's lecture"
      2: lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and
         abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses";
         "a very unsure young man" [syn: diffident, shy, timid,
         unsure] [ant: confident]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "diffident":
     bashful, boggling, cautious, cowardly, coy, demure, demurring,
     deprecative, deprecatory, faltering, fearful, fearing, fearsome,
     goosy, hesitant, hesitating, in fear, jibbing, jumpy, modest,
     mousy, nervous, qualmish, rabbity, reluctant, retiring, scary,
     scrupling, scrupulous, self-deprecating, self-depreciating,
     self-depreciative, self-distrustful, self-doubting, self-effacing,
     shaky, shilly-shallying, shivery, shrinking, shy, skittery,
     skittish, squeamish, startlish, sticking, stickling, straining,
     tentative, timid, timorous, trembling, tremulous, trepidant,
     trigger-happy, unassertive, unassured, unselfconfident,
     unselfreliant
  
  

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