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self-confidence

[ self-kon-fi-duhns, self- ]

noun

  1. realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.

    Synonyms: poise, self-respect, self-possession, assurance

  2. excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.

    Synonyms: self-esteem, conceit



self-confidence

noun

  1. confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc


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Derived Forms

  • ˌself-ˈconfident, adjective
  • ˌself-ˈconfidently, adverb
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Other Words From

  • self-confi·dent adjective
  • self-confi·dent·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of self-confidence1

First recorded in 1630–40
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Example Sentences

Mailer would argue, for example, that timidity does more harm to the novelist than donning a mask of extreme self-confidence.

She says a lack of self-confidence is one of the major reasons a student drops out of English classes.

Was that self-confidence something you were born with, or something you had to reach?

It also tends to take economic self-confidence and independence to actually be able to hold governments to account.

He caught my eye and grinned, full of self-confidence and charm and not the least bit embarrassed.

Rapidity of action and a self-confidence which on the battlefield never felt itself beaten were the cause of Murat's success.

The man who has seen gains self-confidence and the prestige of his subject when he encounters others who have only heard and read.

But his will was firm, for by this time his self-confidence and love of his art had taken firm root.

"Look higher," jeered Molly, her self-confidence returning, as she realized their uncertainty.

Her implicit belief in and obedience to him have increased his self-confidence into a dogmatic assertion of infallibility.

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