1. [syn: confidence man, con man, con artist]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Confidence \Con"fi*dence\, n. [L. confidentia firm trust in,
self-confidence: cf. F. confidence.]
1. The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in;
trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now
commonly by in.
Society is built upon trust, and trust upon
confidence of one another's integrity. --South.
A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God.
2. That in which faith is put or reliance had.
The Lord shall be thy confidence. --Prov. iii.
3. The state of mind characterized by one's reliance on
himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of
self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of
security; self-reliance; -- often with self prefixed.
Your wisdom is consumed in confidence;
Do not go forth to-day. --Shak.
But confidence then bore thee on secure
Either to meet no danger, or to find
Matter of glorious trial. --Milton.
4. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were
confidences between them.
Sir, I desire some confidence with you. --Shak.
Confidence game, any swindling operation in which advantage
is taken of the confidence reposed by the victim in the
swindler; several swindlers often work together to create
the illusion of truth; -- also called con game.
Confidence man, a swindler.
To take into one's confidence, to admit to a knowledge of
one's feelings, purposes, or affairs.
Syn: Trust; assurance; expectation; hope.
I am confident that very much be done. --Boyle.
2. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved.
Be confident to speak, Northumberland;
We three are but thyself. --Shak.
3. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted.
As confident as is the falcon's flight
Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight. --Shak.
4. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault;
dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous.
The fool rageth and is confident. --Prov. xiv.
5. Giving occasion for confidence. [R.]
The cause was more confident than the event was
prosperous. --Jer. Taylor.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim [syn:
confidence man, con man, con artist]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
29 Moby Thesaurus words for "confidence man":
bunco artist, bunco steerer, cardsharp, cardsharper, carpetbagger,
con artist, con man, crimp, defrauder, diddler, gyp, horse coper,
horse trader, jackleg, land pirate, land shark, land-grabber,
mortgage shark, pettifogger, pitchman, shark, sharp, sharper,
sharpie, shortchanger, shyster, slicker, spieler, trickster