realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.
- Also self-as·sur·ance [self-uh-shoor-uhns, self-] /ˈsɛlf əˈʃʊər əns, ˌsɛlf-/ .
- self-con·fi·dent, adjective
- self-con·fi·dent·ly, adverb
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How to use self-confidence in a sentence
Mailer would argue, for example, that timidity does more harm to the novelist than donning a mask of extreme self-confidence.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness | Ronald K. Fried | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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?Jessica Alba on 'Sin City,' Typecasting, and How Homophobia Pushed Her Away From the Church | Marlow Stern | August 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It also tends to take economic self-confidence and independence to actually be able to hold governments to account.Why Democracy Will Struggle In The Arab World In 2014 | Balint Szlanko | January 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He caught my eye and grinned, full of self-confidence and charm and not the least bit embarrassed.In Palestinian Theater's New York Performance, the Play After the Play is the Thing | Lisa Goldman | September 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rapidity of action and a self-confidence which on the battlefield never felt itself beaten were the cause of Murat's success.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The man who has seen gains self-confidence and the prestige of his subject when he encounters others who have only heard and read.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
But his will was firm, for by this time his self-confidence and love of his art had taken firm root.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
"Look higher," jeered Molly, her self-confidence returning, as she realized their uncertainty.In the Onyx Lobby | Carolyn Wells
Her implicit belief in and obedience to him have increased his self-confidence into a dogmatic assertion of infallibility.At Last | Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for self-confidence
confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
- self-confident, adjective
- self-confidently, adverb
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