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.
Examples of confidante in a Sentence
She was her closest friend and confidante.
only her closest confidantes know what she's going through
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Joe Otterson, Variety, 21 Oct. 2021 White House communications with Mike Lindell, the MyPillow chief executive and confidante of Mr. Trump, and the lawyer Sidney Powell, both of whom pushed lies and conspiracy theories about widespread election fraud.
New York Times, 18 Oct. 2021 In spare, no-nonsense, conversational language, Lucy addresses the reader as an intimate confidante.
BostonGlobe.com, 15 Oct. 2021 One of Shah’s partners at Noetic, Warren Wright, had been Shah’s psychedelic confidante for years.
Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Just two weeks before the Westchester County indictment, Mr. Durst, 78 and frail, was sentenced in Los Angeles to life without parole for the murder of his confidante Susan Berman in December 2000.
New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021 Real estate heir Robert Durst has been charged with murder for the 1982 disappearance of his wife, New York authorities confirmed Friday, days after he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his confidante in 2000.
Omar Abdel-baqui, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster and a writer, was Durst’s longtime confidante from college days.
Brian Melley, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Oct. 2021 After a five-month trial, a judge ordered Durst to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing Susan Berman, his longtime confidante, in 2000.
Alejandra Reyes-velarde Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2021
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