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confidence

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of confidence

  1. 1 great faith in oneself or one's abilities a lifelong confidence that enabled her to achieve great things despite powerful obstacles Synonyms of confidence aplomb, assurance, self-assurance, self-assuredness, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-trust Words Related to confidence cockiness, complacence, complacency, conceit, conceitedness, ego, egoism, egotism, hubris, overconfidence, pomposity, pompousness, pride, pridefulness, self-admiration, self-applause, self-assumption, self-complacency, self-conceit, self-consequence, self-content, self-contentment, self-glorification, self-importance, self-opinion, self-partiality, self-satisfaction, smugness, vaingloriousness, vainglory, vanity; calmness, composure, coolness, equanimity; self-poise, self-possession; assumption, bumptiousness, haughtiness, hauteur, huffiness, imperiousness, loftiness, lordliness, peremptoriness, presumptuousness, pretentiousness, superciliousness, superiority, toploftiness Near Antonyms of confidence apprehension, doubt, misgiving Antonyms of confidence diffidence, insecurity, self-distrust, self-doubt

  2. 2 a state of mind in which one is free from doubt the confidence with which the game show contestant answered every question Synonyms of confidence assurance, assuredness, certainty, certitude, cocksureness, conviction, doubtlessness, face, positiveness, satisfaction, sureness, surety Words Related to confidence authoritarianism, dogmatism; decisiveness, determination, firmness, purposefulness, resoluteness, resolution, resolve Near Antonyms of confidence hesitancy, hesitation, indecisiveness, irresolution; disbelief, incredulity, unbelief; anxiety, concern, misgiving; distrust, mistrust, suspicion Antonyms of confidence doubt, incertitude, nonconfidence, uncertainty

  3. 3 firm belief in the integrity, ability, effectiveness, or genuineness of someone or something as players, we have complete confidence in our coach Synonyms of confidence trust, credence, faith, stockWords Related to confidence acceptance, assurance, assuredness, certainty, certitude, conviction, positiveness, sureness, surety; credit, dependence (also dependance), hope, relianceNear Antonyms of confidence disbelief, incredulity, unbelief; distrustfulness, doubt, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, misdoubt, misgiving, mistrustfulness, nonconfidence, skepticism, suspicion, uncertainness, uncertainty; disenchantment, disillusion, disillusionmentAntonyms of confidence distrust, mistrust

  4. 4 information shared only with another or with a select few accused him of betraying an important confidence Synonyms of confidence secretWords Related to confidence dope, lowdownNear Antonyms of confidence open secret

Synonym Discussion of confidence

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


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