- having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.
- sure of oneself; having no uncertainty about one's own abilities, correctness, successfulness, etc.; self-confident; bold: a confident speaker.
- excessively bold; presumptuous.
- Obsolete. trustful or confiding.
- a confidant.
Origin of confident
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Examples from the Web for confidents
Mr. Samuel Adams returned to Boston, pleased with the proposal, and communicated the same to his confidents.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)
And they had become the confidents and companions of each others profligacies.Penelope: or, Love's Labour Lost, Vol. 2 (of 3)
William Pitt Scargill
The reader will readily have anticipated that Jack Tier had early made the females on board the Swash her confidents.
Now, the friends and confidents of Claudius had long been chosen from the ranks of his freedmen.Seekers after God
Frederic William Farrar
- (postpositive foll by of) having or showing confidence or certainty; sureconfident of success
- sure of oneself; bold
- presumptuous; excessively bold
Word Origin and History for confidents
1570s, "self-reliant, sure of oneself," from Middle French confident, from Latin confidentem (nominative confidens) "firmly trusting, reliant, self-confident, bold, daring," present participle of confidere (see confidence). Related: Confidently.