confidence

noun
con·​fi·​dence | \ ˈkän-fə-dən(t)s How to pronounce confidence (audio) , -ˌden(t)s \

Definition of confidence

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed met the risk with brash confidence
b : faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way have confidence in a leader
2 : the quality or state of being certain : certitude they had every confidence of success
3a : a relation of trust or intimacy took his friend into his confidence
b : reliance on another's discretion Their story was told in strictest confidence.
c : support especially in a legislative body vote of confidence
4 : a communication made in confidence : secret accused him of betraying a confidence

confidence

adjective

Definition of confidence (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or adept at swindling by false promises a confidence game a confidence man

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Noun

confidence, assurance, self-possession, aplomb mean a state of mind or a manner marked by easy coolness and freedom from uncertainty, diffidence, or embarrassment. confidence stresses faith in oneself and one's powers without any suggestion of conceit or arrogance. the confidence that comes from long experience assurance carries a stronger implication of certainty and may suggest arrogance or lack of objectivity in assessing one's own powers. handled the cross-examination with complete assurance self-possession implies an ease or coolness under stress that reflects perfect self-control and command of one's powers. answered the insolent question with complete self-possession aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations. handled the reporters with great aplomb

Examples of confidence in a Sentence

Noun The class gave me more confidence. He lacked the confidence to succeed. The experience gave her the confidence to start her own business. Good grades boosted her confidence. It takes time to build confidence when you are learning a new skill. They have an air of confidence about them. She has done little to gain their confidence. School officials express confidence that the problem will soon be resolved.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Rams didn't exactly give Henderson a strong vote of confidence by trading for Michel, who should be their primary goal-line option. Tony Holm, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 Martinez and other cadets have an outsized job before them: help transform a beleaguered police agency struggling to reinvent itself amid a national crisis of confidence in policing. David Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 7 Sep. 2021 That lack of confidence does not scare those on WallStreetBets (WSB). Peter Cohan, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 DeZart said those performances gave him an additional lift of confidence. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Sep. 2021 The poll, the first to show a candidate reach 30 percent of support in a race with five major candidates, could give Wu a boost of confidence in the final days of the campaign, and a year to this weekend after her run for mayor was first announced. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2021 One of the connections is an utter lack of confidence in institutional sources of information. Brian Stelter, CNN, 1 Sep. 2021 These community ties are all the more important with the erosion of confidence in science and medicine, said Deanna Kepka, an associate professor at the University of Utah Health and an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 The success over the summer should be a source of confidence, but that’s all. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of confidence

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for confidence

Noun

Middle English confydence, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French confidence, borrowed from Latin confīdentia, from confīdent-, confīdens "trusting in oneself, confident" + -ia -ia entry 1

Adjective

from attributive use of confidence entry 1

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The first known use of confidence was in the 14th century

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11 Sep 2021

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“Confidence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/confidence. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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confidence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of confidence

: a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something
: a feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something
: the feeling of being certain that something will happen or that something is true

confidence

noun
con·​fi·​dence | \ ˈkän-fə-dəns How to pronounce confidence (audio) \

Kids Definition of confidence

1 : a feeling of trust or belief Do you have confidence in your partner?
3 : reliance on another's secrecy or loyalty Remember, I told you that in confidence.
4 : secret entry 2 Don't betray a confidence.

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