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2 a state of mind in which one is free from doubt
  • the confidence with which the game show contestant answered every question

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3 firm belief in the integrity, ability, effectiveness, or genuineness of someone or something
  • as players, we have complete confidence in our coach

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4 information shared only with another or with a select few
  • accused him of betraying an important confidence

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Frequently Asked Questions About confidence

How is the word confidence distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of confidence are aplomb, assurance, and self-possession. While all these words 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

In what contexts can aplomb take the place of confidence?

While in some cases nearly identical to confidence, aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations.

handled the reporters with great aplomb

When could assurance be used to replace confidence?

The words assurance and confidence are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When might self-possession be a better fit than confidence?

The words self-possession and confidence can be used in similar contexts, but 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

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

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“Confidence.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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