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/ ˈkɒn fɪ dəns /
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Idioms about confidence

    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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin confīdentia; see confide, -ence

synonym study for confidence

1. See trust. 2. Confidence, assurance both imply a faith in oneself. Confidence may imply trust in oneself or arrogant self-conceit. Assurance implies even more sureness of oneself; this may be shown as undisturbed calm or as offensive boastfulness.


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What does confidence mean?

Confidence is full trust or belief in the reliability of someone or something, The fans had confidence that their team would win.

Confidence is also a belief in one’s self, also called self-confidence. If you have confidence in yourself that you can earn a spot on the basketball team, you believe you can get on the team.

Confidence is also a certitude about something, as in When you walk with confidence, people pay attention to you.

A confidence is also a secret that you share with someone. To take someone into your confidence is to share a secret with them, trusting that they won’t share it with anyone else.

Example: He showed confidence during the interview so I think he is the better candidate for the position.

Where does confidence come from?

The first records of the term confidence come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin confīdentia.

In politics, a vote of confidence is sometimes taken to gauge whether voters still trust the politician. If the result is a vote of no confidence, the politician may be removed from their position.

Another common use is in confidence trick, a scam in which someone gains the confidence of a person or organization only to trick them out of money, goods, or something else later. This is often shortened to con trick.

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What are some other forms related to confidence?

  • hyperconfidence (noun)
  • nonconfidence (noun)
  • superconfidence (noun)

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How is confidence used in real life?

Confidence is something most people desire but not all people have.


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Is confidence used correctly in the following sentence?

I was so sure I would lose the election that I was full of confidence.

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British Dictionary definitions for confidence

/ (ˈkɒnfɪdəns) /

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
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