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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
As all pet parents know, your pet — aka your best friend, confidant, and creature you like more than most humans — deserves the best of everything, and that includes their hair (cough cough, fur).
The story notes that Trump has ignored his chief of staff and many of his putative top advisers to seek the informal advice of his true confidants.
As a close confidant of Trump, Pompeo might be a better advocate for his department and avoid messaging conflicts with the White House.
The Canadian stylist and closest confidant to Meghan Markle has been lending her expertise since Markle started planning the wedding of the year.
While Scavino, who is Trump's current social media director, may not become the new communications director, many West Wing officials are expecting him to fill the confidant and conspirator role that Hicks' resignation left open.
Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning, is among the last Tillerson confidants standing after the president’s dismissal-by-tweet of his top diplomat on Tuesday.
The confidant wasn’t authorized to disclose a private conversation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Pruitt fed Trump’s ravenous ego, became a confidant, and swung back at critics.
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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
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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