confidence

[ kon-fi-duhns ]
/ ˈkɒn fɪ dəns /

noun

Idioms

    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

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin confīdentia. See confide, -ence

Related forms

hy·per·con·fi·dence, nounnon·con·fi·dence, nounsu·per·con·fi·dence, noun

Synonym study

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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British Dictionary definitions for confidence

confidence

/ (ˈkɒnfɪdəns) /

noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with confidence

confidence


In addition to the idiom beginning with confidence

  • confidence game

also see:

  • in confidence
  • take into one's confidence
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