confidence

[kon-fi-duhns]

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

Synonyms for confidence

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.

Antonyms for confidence

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British Dictionary definitions for in confidence

confidence

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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Word Origin and History for in confidence

confidence

n.

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.).

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Idioms and Phrases with in confidence

in confidence

Also, in strict confidence. Privately, on condition that what is said will not be revealed. For example, The doctor told her in confidence that her mother was terminally ill, or He told us in strict confidence that Gail was pregnant. This idiom was first recorded in 1632. Also see take into one's 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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