confidence [ kon-fi-duhns ]
1. full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.
2. belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.
3. certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.
4. a secret that is confided or imparted trustfully: The friends exchanged many confidences over the years.
5. (especially in European politics) the wish to retain an incumbent government in office, as shown by a vote in a particular issue: a vote of confidence.
6. presumption; impudence: Her disdainful look crushed the confidence of the brash young man.
7. Archaic. something that gives confidence; ground of trust.
OTHER WORDS FROM CONFIDENCE
WORDS RELATED TO CONFIDENCE
certainty, poise, morale, courage, determination, tenacity, spirit, assurance, faith, trust, hope, resoluteness, heart, self-possession, nerve, dash, sureness, grit, presumption, spunk
SYNONYMS FOR CONFIDENCE
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1. faith, reliance, dependence.
SYNONYM STUDY FOR CONFIDENCE
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
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin confīdentia. See confide, -ence
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