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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shyness

    Bashfulness is a shrinking from notice without assignable reason. Coyness is a half encouragement, half avoidance of offered attention, and may be real or affected. Diffidence is self-distrust; modesty, a humble estimate of oneself in comparison with others, or with the demands of some undertaking. Modesty has also the specific meaning of a sensitive shrinking from anything indelicate. Shyness is a tendency to shrink from observation; timidity, a distinct fear of criticism, error, or failure. Reserve is the holding oneself aloof from others, or holding back one's feelings from expression, or one's affairs from communication to others. Reserve may be the retreat of shyness, or, on the other hand, the contemptuous withdrawal of pride and haughtiness. Compare ABASH; PRIDE; TACITURN.

    Synonyms:
    backwardness, bashfulness, coldness, constraint, coyness, diffidence, modesty, reserve, timidity, unobtrusiveness

    Antonyms:
    abandon, arrogance, assumption, assurance, boldness, conceit, confidence, egotism, forwardness, frankness, freedom, haughtiness, impudence, indiscretion, loquaciousness, loquacity, pertness, sauciness, self-conceit, self-sufficiency, sociability

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shynessnoun

    a feeling of fear of embarrassment

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Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shynessnoun

    Synonyms:
    diffidence, coyness, timidity, bashfulness

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "shyness":

    timidity

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How to use shyness in a sentence?

  1. Lady Bird Johnson:

    The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.

  2. Dana Perino:

    She is a self-described introvert, her book talks about how hard it was for her to get over her shyness so that she could give these speeches, so what it took for her to give a speech like that, I think, was really driven by the love of her husband.

  3. Chris Lambert:

    I thought I’d give it a shot and see if I could get a few people talking, all I have to do is get over my shyness and start calling these people out of the blue and start asking really personal questions.

  4. Joyce Carol Oates:

    If you explore beneath shyness or party chit-chat, you can sometimes turn a dull exchange into an intriguing one. I've found this to be particularly true in the case of professors or intellectuals, who are full of fascinating information, but need encouragement before they'll divulge it.

  5. Lili Dehn:

    “The Grand Duchess Tatiana was as charming as her sister Olga, but in a different way. She has been described as proud, but I never knew anyone less so. With her, as her mother, shyness and reserve were accounted as pride, but once you knew her and had gained her affection, this reserve disappeared, and the real Tatijana became apparent. She was a poetical creature, as always yearning for the ideal, and dreaming of great friendships which might be hers. The Emperor loved her devotedly, they had much in common, and the sisters used to laugh, and say that, if a favor were required, ‘Tatiana must ask Papa to grant it.’ She was very tall, and excessively thin, with a cameo-like profile, deep blue eyes, and dark chestnut hair… a lovely ‘Rose’ maiden, fragile and pure as a flower.”

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