self-con·​fi·​dence ˌself-ˈkän-fə-dən(t)s How to pronounce self-confidence (audio)
: confidence in oneself and in one's powers and abilities
self-confident adjective
self-confidently adverb

Examples of self-confidence in a Sentence

for so young a pianist, he has remarkable composure and self-confidence on stage
Recent Examples on the Web Even after his 34 felony convictions last week, the ex-President seemed incapable of demonstrating contrition or remorse, and appeared ready to defy anything that ran afoul of his self-confidence. Philip Elliott, TIME, 6 June 2024 Affirmations have a way of boosting our self-confidence. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 5 June 2024 Activating your stability-seeking second house of comfort, money and values, Jupiter in Gemini is here to provide you with the chance to improve everything from your financial situation to your self-confidence. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 Chief among them is the suicide of Aline, a 16-year-old academy member also coached by Jeremy, seen projecting sunny self-confidence in a video about her hopes to join the Belgian Tennis Federation. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2024 This display of your self-confidence may convince your audience more than any words would., Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2024 With songs spanning the lovey-dovey early stages of a relationship to the brutal aftermath of a breakup, embracing sexuality and self-confidence and navigating life under the spotlight, Hit Me Hard and Soft is undoubtedly the young star’s most varied, mature album yet. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 3 Sep. 2019 Second house: Your finances, possessions, values, self-confidence and sense of stability. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 But this is self-confidence, this is rooted in a child. J.m. Banks, Kansas City Star, 9 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-confidence was in 1604

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“Self-confidence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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: confidence in oneself and in one's powers and abilities
self-confidently adverb

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