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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Bashfulness \Bash"ful*ness\, n.
The quality of being bashful.
Syn: Bashfulness, Modesty, Diffidence, Shyness.
Usage: Modesty arises from a low estimate of ourselves;
bashfulness is an abashment or agitation of the
spirits at coming into contact with others; diffidence
is produced by an undue degree of self-distrust;
shyness usually arises from an excessive
self-consciousness, and a painful impression that
every one is looking at us. Modesty of deportment is
becoming in all; bashfulness often gives rise to
mistakes and blundering; diffidence in society
frequently makes a man a burden to himself; shyness
usually produces a reserve or distance which is often
mistaken for haughtiness.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: feeling embarrassed due to modesty [syn: abashment,
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