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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Restrained or reserved.
2. Lacking in self-confidence.
From Latin diffidere (to mistrust), from dis- (not) + fidere (to trust). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bheidh- (to trust), which also gave us abide, abode, fiancé, affidavit, confide, confident, defiance, fidelity, defy, and infidel. Earliest documented use: 1598.
"In contrast with Albert's bonhomie, Philippe seems shy and diffident."
Sire, There are No Belgians; The Economist (London, UK); Jul 27, 2013.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It's surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time. -Barbara Kingsolver, novelist, essayist, and poet (b. 1955)