Fear and fearless

diffidence
(n)
DIFF-i-dǝnse
Meaning

lack of confidence

1st Sample Sentence

I never overcame the diffidence I felt while standing in front of a class of students, and so after some years I quit my job as a university professor.

Root

dis (not)#fidere (to trust) (Latin)

Antonyms

arrogance, gall, temerity

Mnemonics

This word sounds similar to Confidence but is opposite in meaning. So, Diffidence means lacking self-confidence. diffi means deficiency and relate ffidence with confidence so lack of confidence it is like opposite of confidence means you are shy not confident diffidence -d + if + i + dance - I will feel shy

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