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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. lack of self-confidence;
[syn: diffidence, self-doubt, self-distrust]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Diffidence \Dif"fi*dence\, n. [L. diffidentia.] 1. The state of being diffident; distrust; want of confidence; doubt of the power, ability, or disposition of others. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] That affliction grew heavy upon me, and weighed me down even to a diffidence of God's mercy. --Donne. [1913 Webster] 2. Distrust of one's self or one's own powers; lack of self-reliance; modesty; modest reserve; bashfulness. [1913 Webster] It is good to speak on such questions with diffidence. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] An Englishman's habitual diffidence and awkwardness of address. --W. Irving. Syn: Humility; bashfulness; distrust; suspicion; doubt; fear; timidity; apprehension; hesitation. See Humility, and Bashfulness. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

diffidence n 1: lack of self-confidence [syn: diffidence, self-doubt, self-distrust] [ant: confidence]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

71 Moby Thesaurus words for "diffidence": Pyrrhonism, afraidness, apprehension, bashfulness, boggle, boggling, caution, cautiousness, compunction, demur, demurral, distrust, distrustfulness, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, falter, faltering, fearfulness, half-belief, hesitance, hesitancy, hesitating, hesitation, jumpiness, lack of self-confidence, lack of self-reliance, leeriness, misdoubt, misgiving, mistrust, mistrustfulness, modesty, objection, pause, protest, qualm, qualm of conscience, qualmishness, question, recoil, scruple, scrupulosity, scrupulousness, self-depreciation, self-detraction, self-distrust, self-doubt, self-effacement, shadow of doubt, shilly-shally, shilly-shallying, shrinking, shrinkingness, shyness, skepticalness, skepticism, skittishness, stage fright, startlishness, stickling, suspicion, suspiciousness, tentativeness, timidity, timorousness, total skepticism, uncertainty, wariness, weak ego