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- n. The property of being timid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being timid; timidity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. fear of the unknown or unfamiliar or fear of making decisions
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At length one day he looked up from his paper with a kind of timidness, and says he, Mr.
Although they know they are free, they have a kind of timidness about them, so that they cannot mingle with the whites of this country, as they would if they had been free born.
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Being a woman who has been subjected to this kind of timidness myself, I can heartily say it is nearly as insulting as the belief that women are incompetent.
Japan does a very good job of training its population to be polite about things, but part of the result is a timidness that sometimes goes too far.
I wanted to share my "jolly routine" with you, which will help dear Smokey to overcome his timidness.
Did you consider the possiblity that Obama has allowed his attention to be distracted, that his unwillingness to be decisive in regards to Afghanistan and Iraq, his timidness in dealing with Iran and North Korea and his demonstrated submission to China and Russia has sent a signal to our enemies that we are weakened and once again attacks on our home soil will be tolerated?
I, to make a broad stroke with the brush, am mainly like Mom's side, with the timidness and the shy diffidence, with less of the workhorse and much more of the free-roaming mind.
So then fast forward to us today -- and the only way to get that free flow now is to have faith, fearless truthfulness, despite our timidness from the painful experiences we had under circumstances when we felt truthfulness in flow -- all those many occasions since age six.
And that thing is not made with timidness or apathy or conventionalism -- it must be courageous.
As an American, I can say that I truly feel sad for the plight of British Jews and understand their timidness.
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