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timidity

Psychology Shyness; a stance of nonaggression in social situations
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Or go to church next Sunday, and watch a certain family filing in, the boy lifting his legs high to show off his new boots, but all the others demure, especially the timid, unobservant-looking little woman in the rear of them.
Herself fastidious and timid, she never awakened to the perilous trend of their intercourse.
"Nay," said Dinah, looking up with timid eyes, "not so.
If so, you will no more think the slight words, the timid looks, the tremulous touches, by which two human souls approach each other gradually, like two little quivering rain-streams, before they mingle into one--you will no more think these things trivial than you will think the first-detected signs of coming spring trivial, though they be but a faint indescribable something in the air and in the song of the birds, and the tiniest perceptible budding on the hedge-row branches.
Especially the third Sunday in Lent; because Jacob had been out on one of his occasional wanderings for the last two days; and David, being a timid young man, had a considerable dread and hatred of Jacob, as of a large personage who went about habitually with a pitchfork in his hand.
In the former case he was very timid about satisfying his immediate desires, but in the latter he would risk the result with much courage.
He must give up the notion of his father's legacy; but it was not likely he would ever want that trifle; and even if he did--why, it was a compensation to think that in being for ever divided from his family he was divided from Jacob, more terrible than Gorgon or Demogorgon to David's timid green eyes.
If all these are ruled out, stress is the most likely cause, especially as she is timid. Give her a proper routine and a quiet spot, where she can be undisturbed.
In a series of tweets, Maryam Nawaz showed her contempt for PM Imran by calling him voiceless, timid and compromising.
CRAIG WALLACE admits there is "no time to be timid" as Scotland face World Cup-bound Sri Lanka.
AJAX defender Daley Blind says his side's cup final win celebrations at the weekend were "timid" owing to the gravity of their looming Champions League clash with Tottenham.
The Parkhead manager has told his troops they shouldn't be "timid" against high-flying Germans RB Leipzig or go down with a whimper.