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Confidence

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Confidence \Con"fi*dence\, noun [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. --Macaulay.

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

The Lord shall be thy confidence. --Prov. iii. 26.

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. --Milton.

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 swindler; several swindlers often work together to create the illusion of truth; -- also called {con game}.

{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. 16.

5. Giving occasion for confidence. [R.]

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

confidence

noun

1: 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" [syn: {assurance}, {self-assurance}, {confidence}, {self-confidence}, {authority}, {sureness}]

2: a feeling of trust (in someone or something); "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned" [ant: {diffidence}, {self-distrust}, {self- doubt}]

3: a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; "public confidence in the economy"

4: a trustful relationship; "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust" [syn: {confidence}, {trust}]

5: a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; "everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"


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