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Sample sentences for the GRE study word diffidence

diffidence can be used as a noun

1.Gabriel waited again and then, fearing that diffidence was about to conquer him, he said abruptl. - from Dubliners by James Joyce
2."What affectation of diffidence was this at first" they might have demanded "what stupid regardlessness now. - from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
3.Miss Darcy, though with a diffidence which marked her little in the habit of giving invitations, readily obeyed. - from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4.His diffidence had prevented his depending on his own judgment in so anxious a case, but his reliance on mine made every thing easy. - from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5.The tendency of a person to allow himself to be degraded, robbed, deceived, and exploited might be the diffidence of a God among men. - from Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
6.As he had shown no diffidence on the subject, I ventured on the liberty of asking him the question, when he stood before me, dusting his hands. - from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
7.My father was in the meantime overjoyed and in the bustle of preparation only recognized in the melancholy of his niece the diffidence of a bride. - from Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
8.Jane's temper was not desponding, and she was gradually led to hope, though the diffidence of affection sometimes overcame the hope, that Bingley would return to Netherfield and answer every wish of her heart. - from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
9.He spoke with the diffidence of a man who knew how slight a thing would overset the delicate organisation of the mind, and yet with the confidence of a man who had slowly won his assurance out of personal endurance and distress. - from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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