from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lack of faith or confidence in one's own abilities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of confidence in one' self; diffidence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Distrust of, or want of confidence in, one's self or one's own powers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lack of self-confidence


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  • And this question is often driven, I think, by negative impulses: a nagging sense of self-distrust (am I deluding myself with hedonism, clinging to autonomy?) and/or the habit of chronic discontentment (will I be tormented if I don't have what everyone else has?).

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  • Self-important, condescending, Casaubon hopes that Dorothea will carry on his work after his death, “the lonely labor, the ambition breathing hardly under the pressure of self-distrust,” even though it would entomb her.

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  • In the latest manifestation of what seems to be a neverending cycle of Nordic self-distrust and mutual dislike, Finnish author Sofi Oksanen has badly upset many of her compatriots by giving an extended interview to Danish television mostly in English in which she condemns Finland as an unpleasant, inward-turned country characterized by male chauvinism, repressed violence, actual violence against women and subservience to Russia.

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  • The pathos of its self-distrust and anguish of doubt is buried in the earth as its last secret.

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  • Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spring back to dust.

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  • But what shall we say of those who would persuade others of what they themselves do not believe? and what of the monsters who persecute their brethren in the humble and rational doctrine of doubt and self-distrust?

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  • I have nothing to reply, except it be, that we must always distrust ourselves; and so great is my own self-distrust, that I conclude my letter with assuring you of my utmost indulgence, and requesting yours.

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  • Night, that strange personality, which within walls brings ominous introspectiveness and self-distrust, but under the open sky banishes such subjective anxieties as too trivial for thought, inspired Marty South with a less perturbed and brisker manner now.

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  • Worry, self-doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair; these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

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  • “Am I all right?” she queried, smartly, but with a sense of self-distrust for the moment, and all because of him.

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