Origin of confidence
Synonyms for confidence
Antonyms for confidence
Related Words for in confidencequietly, clandestinely, surreptitiously, covertly, privately, personally, furtively, stealthily, alone, secretly, confidentially, hush-hush, intimately, obscurely, slyly, insidiously, privily, unobserved, confidential
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.).
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with confidence
- confidence game
- in confidence
- take into one's confidence