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Apr 16, 2021
This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

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vulnerary
soporific
mummery
intransigence
diffidence

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Nouning verbs and verbing nouns
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with Anu Garg

diffidence

PRONUNCIATION:
(DIF-i-duhns)

MEANING:
noun: Timidity or shyness.

ETYMOLOGY:
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, infidel, and diffident. Earliest documented use: 1425.

USAGE:
“It’s remarkable to find such swagger ... by the slouch of diffidence and doubt.”
Anthony Lane; Join In; The New Yorker; Jul 22, 2019.

See more usage examples of diffidence in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. -Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (16 Apr 1844-1924)

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