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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
What hasn’t been eliminated — at least not according to my reading — is the possibility that one or all of the accounts in question belonged to a confidant of Colangelo: father, son, wife, etc.
The six-term senator's friends and confidants, including former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and longtime friend and Republican colleague U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have visited McCain at his retreat in recent days.
The deed lists the mailing address for Greitens' LLC as the St. Louis home address of Mark Bobak, an influential lawyer and close confidant of Greitens.
Fisch, now an offensive assistant for the Los Angeles Rams, is a longtime friend and confidant to Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
Zivkovic has been part of West's management team for a number of years and was considered a close confidant of the MC.
Trump dwelled on the recusal for months, according to confidants and current and former administration officials who described his behavior toward the attorney general.
Veronica, who had died of a brain tumor at the unjust age of 56, had been Roth’s friend, confidant, and editor at The New Yorker, along with his unofficial book editor.
That’s what happened to many of the victims, said Daly, who became confidant and counselor for most of the victims who ranged from their teens to the 30s.
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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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