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Examples of confidant in a Sentence
He is a trusted confidant of the president.
she's my confidant; I tell her everything without reservation
Recent Examples of confidant from the Web
That evening, 10-year-old Paul was already in his pajamas when King and Andrew Young, a King confidant and executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, visited the Dury Avenue house.
But critics charge that Ms. Suu Kyi and the party have failed to deliver on their promises, in part due to a highly centralized leadership style that places all decisions in the hands of the Nobel laureate and her aging coterie of confidants.
Amodei is not particularly close to the speaker, who has a small inner circle of advisers and who makes decisions about his political future with an even smaller round of confidants and family.
Htin Kyaw was the country’s first civilian president since the early 1960s and is a confidant of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the de facto head of Myanmar’s government, even if the president is constitutionally in charge.
But back to the stars and their fashion confidants: Boseman and Elle Fanning joined their stylists Ashley Weston and Samantha McMillen, respectively.
Media: WCVB Hegseth has been a confidant of Trump’s, who watches his Fox News show and frequently calls him to discuss veterans’ policy.
Hegseth has been a confidant of Trump’s, who watches his Fox News show and frequently calls him to discuss veterans’ policy.
His legal position took a turn for the worse when his long-term confidant, Nir Hefetz, turned state’s witness in the ongoing investigations against Netanyahu.
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Is it confident or confidant? (Or is it confidante?)
If you find yourself unsure whether you should choose confident or confidant don’t feel bad; confidant comes to English from the French word confident, and when the word first entered our language it was often spelled that way, rather than as confidant. The difference is quite simple: confidant is a noun (meaning "a person in whom you confide things"), and confident is an adjective (defined as “having confidence”). You may well be confident in your confidant, but you would not be confidant in your confident. Although this distinction has not always been observed by writers, confidante is generally used for a female confidant. The word confidant is more frequently used to describe a man, but it may be applied to either gender.
Did You Know?
If you're confident of the trustworthiness of your confidants, you're inadvertently aware of the origins of the word confidant. It comes from the French noun confident, which goes back to the Italian adjective confidente, meaning "confident" or "trustworthy" and to the Latin verb confidere, meaning "to confide"—the root of which is fidere, meaning "to trust." Other descendants of confidere in English include confide, confidence,and confident, as well as confidential (which was formed from confidence).
Origin and Etymology of confidant
First Known Use: 1646See Words from the same year
CONFIDANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of confidant for English Language Learners
: a trusted friend you can talk to about personal and private things
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