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Pronunciation:  'kânfiduns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"
  2. [n]  a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; "everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"
  3. [n]  a feeling of trust (in someone or something); "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"
  4. [n]  a trustful relationship; "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust"
  5. [n]  a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; "public confidence in the economy"

CONFIDENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: assurance, authority, self-assurance, self-confidence, sureness, trust
 Antonyms: diffidence, self-distrust, self-doubt
 See Also: certainty, friendly relationship, friendship, hopefulness, secret, security



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con"fi*dence\, n. [L. confidentia firm trust in,
self-confidence: cf. F. confidence.]
1. The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in;
   trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now
   commonly by in.

         Society is built upon trust, and trust upon
         confidence of one another's integrity. --South.

         A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God.

2. That in which faith is put or reliance had.

         The Lord shall be thy confidence.     --Prov. iii.

3. The state of mind characterized by one's reliance on
   himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of
   self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of
   security; self-reliance; -- often with self prefixed.

         Your wisdom is consumed in confidence; Do not go
         forth to-day.                         --Shak.

         But confidence then bore thee on secure Either to
         meet no danger, or to find Matter of glorious trial.

4. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were
   confidences between them.

         Sir, I desire some confidence with you. --Shak.

{Confidence game}, any swindling operation in which advantage
   is taken of the confidence reposed by the victim in the

{Confidence man}, a swindler.

{To take into one's confidence}, to admit to a knowledge of
   one's feelings, purposes, or affairs.

Syn: Trust; assurance; expectation; hope.

           I am confident that very much be done. --Boyle.

2. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved.

         Be confident to speak, Northumberland; We three are
         but thyself.                          --Shak.

3. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted.

         As confident as is the falcon's flight Against a
         bird, do I with Mowbray fight.        --Shak.

4. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault;
   dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous.

         The fool rageth and is confident.     --Prov. xiv.

5. Giving occasion for confidence. [R.]

         The cause was more confident than the event was
         prosperious.                          --Jer. Taylor.

Thesaurus Terms
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