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  • "Diffident," Alison replied decidedly, which made Carolyn smirk and Lauralee pout a trifle.

    Phoenix And Ashes

  • Diffident, slightly self-deprecating, he provided a sly foil to Jian Ghomeshi's flustered opening remarks at the Blue Metropolis event.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Diffident and prickly, Kele personified Bloc Party's fraught music, which dealt chiefly with yearning and unease.

    Kele Okereke at Digital, Brighton

  • Diffident as he was about his own deeds, yet, by reason of his earnest desire to obey the divine will, he conceived a strong hope that God in his goodness would accept them, because he had endeavored to live righteously.

    The Great Experiment

  • Diffident as she seemed, she was in reality proud, and would not make a single advance towards the son of a father said to be rich.

    Two Poets

  • Diffident as he was in private life, in his ballets he shared his daydreams, his joys, his troubled loves, his fears, his instinct for elegance and order, and his passion for youth with those who admired his work.

    George Balanchine (1904–1983)

  • Diffident and modest, Charles de Chazalle was attractive in his sheer helplessness.

    Lace

  • Diffident and retiring, he was not got acquainted with at once, but when he gave his confidence, he was found a pleasant companion and warm-hearted friend.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV. The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

  • Diffident, but having been twice disappointed in love-making, Abraham wrote in support of a Miss Owen rejecting him: "I should never be satisfied with any one blockhead enough to have me."

    The Lincoln Story Book

  • "Diffident, modest and correct," quoth Kit, critically, when she showed them to Anne.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm

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