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NOUN (5)

1. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities;
- Example: "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"
- Example: "after that failure he lost his confidence"
- Example: "she spoke with authority"
[syn: assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness]

2. a feeling of trust (in someone or something);
- Example: "I have confidence in our team"
- Example: "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"

3. a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable;
- Example: "public confidence in the economy"

4. a trustful relationship;
- Example: "he took me into his confidence"
- Example: "he betrayed their trust"
[syn: confidence, trust]

5. a secret that is confided or entrusted to another;
- Example: "everyone trusted him with their confidences"
- Example: "the priest could not reveal her confidences"


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. [1913 Webster] Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence of one another's integrity. --South. [1913 Webster] A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. That in which faith is put or reliance had. [1913 Webster] The Lord shall be thy confidence. --Prov. iii. 26. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Your wisdom is consumed in confidence; Do not go forth to-day. --Shak. [1913 Webster] But confidence then bore thee on secure Either to meet no danger, or to find Matter of glorious trial. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 4. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them. [1913 Webster] Sir, I desire some confidence with you. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] I am confident that very much be done. --Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved. [1913 Webster] Be confident to speak, Northumberland; We three are but thyself. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted. [1913 Webster] As confident as is the falcon's flight Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous. [1913 Webster] The fool rageth and is confident. --Prov. xiv. 16. [1913 Webster] 5. Giving occasion for confidence. [R.] [1913 Webster] The cause was more confident than the event was prosperous. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

confidence n 1: freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority" [syn: assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness] 2: a feeling of trust (in someone or something); "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned" [ant: diffidence, self-distrust, self- doubt] 3: a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; "public confidence in the economy" 4: a trustful relationship; "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust" [syn: confidence, trust] 5: a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; "everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

140 Moby Thesaurus words for "confidence": acceptation, acception, acquiescence, anticipation, aplomb, arcanum, arrogance, aspiration, assumption, assurance, assured faith, assuredness, balance, belief, boldness, brashness, brass, cabala, certainty, certitude, cheek, cheerful expectation, classified information, cocksureness, confidential communication, confidentially, confidentness, contemplation, conviction, coolness, courage, credence, credit, credulity, crust, dauntlessness, dependence, desire, doomed hope, enigma, equability, equanimity, equilibrium, esoterica, expectancy, expectation, face, fair prospect, faith, fearlessness, fervent hope, gall, good cheer, good hope, great expectations, guarded secret, hermetics, high hopes, hope, hopeful prognosis, hopefulness, hopes, hoping, hoping against hope, hubris, imminence, impudence, in confidence, in privacy, intimately, level head, levelheadedness, mettle, mystery, mystery of mysteries, nerve, overconfidence, oversureness, overweening, overweeningness, personal matter, poise, pomposity, positiveness, possession, prayerful hope, presence of mind, presumption, pride, private matter, privately, privileged communication, privity, probability, profound secret, promise, prospect, prospects, reception, reliance, reliance on, resolution, restraint, restricted information, sanguine expectation, sealed book, secret, security, self-assurance, self-command, self-confidence, self-control, self-importance, self-possession, self-reliance, self-restraint, settled belief, spirit, stock, store, subjective certainty, sureness, surety, suspension of disbelief, tenacity, the occult, thought, trust, unafraidness, unapprehensiveness, unastonishment, unbashfulness, undauntedness, unfearfulness, unfearingness, unshrinkingness, unshyness, untimidness, well-grounded hope, well-regulated mind