- full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.
- belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.
- certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.
- a secret that is confided or imparted trustfully: The friends exchanged many confidences over the years.
- (especially in European politics) the wish to retain an incumbent government in office, as shown by a vote in a particular issue: a vote of confidence.
- presumption; impudence: Her disdainful look crushed the confidence of the brash young man.
- Archaic. something that gives confidence; ground of trust.
- in confidence, as a secret or private matter, not to be divulged or communicated to others; with belief in a person's sense of discretion: I told him in confidence.
Origin of confidence
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Examples from the Web for confidence
The FARC has a long way to go to win the confidence of the Colombian people.Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia?
December 18, 2014
Today, she stands out much like she has her entire life, though her confidence has grown immensely.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
At thirteen years old, de Forest speaks with the confidence and the knowledge of someone much older.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
Tourism has built my confidence [and] improved my interpersonal skills.Cameroonian Women Fighting Sexism With Tourism
November 7, 2014
If confidence and strength were instilled in her at a young age, glamour was something she pursued.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress
October 27, 2014
Yet the old man's confidence in the young man's acumen was invulnerable.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I had no secrets from them (hear, hear), and this confidence was reciprocated on their part.Explorations in Australia
It was almost impossible to win their confidence, or to get information from them.
She was in his confidence in 1858-9, and he had a great regard for her, which he often expressed to me.
I am deeply impressed with gratitude for the confidence reposed in me.
- a feeling of trust in a person or thingI have confidence in his abilities
- belief in one's own abilities; self-assurance
- trust or a trustful relationshiptake me into your confidence
- something confided or entrusted; secret
- in confidence as a secret
Word Origin and History for confidence
early 15c., from Middle French confidence or directly from Latin confidentia, from confidentem (nominative confidens) "firmly trusting, bold," present participle of confidere "to have full trust or reliance," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fidere "to trust" (see faith). For sense of "swindle" see con (adj.).