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


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

Origin of self-confidence

First recorded in 1630–40
Related formsself-con·fi·dent, adjectiveself-con·fi·dent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for self-confidence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-confident

Contemporary Examples of self-confident

Historical Examples of self-confident

  • It was wonderful to see the change in the strong, self-confident girl's manner.

  • His kind is too arrogant, too self-confident to have recourse to untruth.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Self-confident and free from doubts, fame will be his in the state and fame be his in his home.

  • In another she had grown to womanhood and self-confident power.

  • "I saw him myself," replied the man with a self-confident smile of derision.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for self-confident



confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
Derived Formsself-confident, adjectiveself-confidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-confident

1610s, from self- + confident. Related: self-confidently.



also self confidence, 1650s, from self- + confidence.

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