Definitions for confidenceˈkɒn fɪ dəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•fi•dence*ˈkɒn fɪ dəns(n.)

  1. belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing; trust; reliance.

  2. belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence.

  3. certitude; assurance:

    to speak with confidence of a fact.

  4. a confidential communication:

    to exchange confidences.

  5. (esp. in European politics) the wish to retain an incumbent government in office, as shown by a vote on a particular issue.

    Category: Government

  6. presumption; impudence.

Idioms for confidence:

  1. in confidence,as a secret or private matter not to be divulged.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: confidence , assurance both imply a faith in oneself. confidence usu. implies a firm belief in oneself without a display of arrogance or conceit: His friends admired his confidence at the party.assurance implies even more sureness of one's own abilities, often to the point of offensive boastfulness: She spoke with assurance but lacked the qualifications for the job.

Origin of confidence:

1350–1400; ME (< MF) < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. assurance, self-assurance, confidence, self-confidence, authority, sureness(noun)

    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"

  2. confidence(noun)

    a feeling of trust (in someone or something)

    "I have confidence in our team"; "confidence is always borrowed, never owned"

  3. confidence(noun)

    a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable

    "public confidence in the economy"

  4. confidence, trust(noun)

    a trustful relationship

    "he took me into his confidence"; "he betrayed their trust"

  5. confidence(noun)

    a secret that is confided or entrusted to another

    "everyone trusted him with their confidences"; "the priest could not reveal her confidences"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. confidence(noun)ˈkɒn fɪ dəns

    the feeling of being sure and proud of yourself and your abilities

    "Yes, I can," he said with confidence.; to have the confidence to do sth; to lack confidence; The team seemed to be losing confidence.; He began to regain his confidence.

  2. confidenceˈkɒn fɪ dəns

    the belief that sb can be trusted to do well

    I have a lot of confidence in our employees.; a lack of confidence; to restore confidence in the economy

  3. confidenceˈkɒn fɪ dəns

    to stop believing sb can do sth well

    a country that has lost confidence in its government

  4. confidenceˈkɒn fɪ dəns

    the belief that sth is right

    I can say with confidence that we've solved it.

  5. confidenceˈkɒn fɪ dəns

    trusting that sb will not tell your secret

    information given in the strictest confidence


  1. confidence(Noun)


  2. confidence(Noun)

    Expression or feeling of certainty.

  3. confidence(Noun)

    The quality of trusting.

  4. confidence(Noun)

    Information held in secret.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confidence(noun)

    the act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now commonly by in

  2. Confidence(noun)

    that in which faith is put or reliance had

  3. Confidence(noun)

    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

  4. Confidence(noun)

    private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them

  5. Confidence(noun)

    trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved

  6. Confidence(noun)

    having self-reliance; bold; undaunted

  7. Confidence(noun)

    having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous

  8. Confidence(noun)

    giving occasion for confidence


  1. Confidence

    Confidence is generally described as a state of being certain either that a hypothesis or prediction is correct or that a chosen course of action is the best or most effective. Self-confidence is having confidence in oneself. Arrogance or hubris in this comparison, is having unmerited confidence—believing something or someone is capable or correct when they are not. Overconfidence or presumptuousness is excessive belief in someone succeeding, without any regard for failure. Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. confidence

    The one big lesson the world needs most to learn.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confidence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1475

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confidence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2170

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confidence' in Nouns Frequency: #661

Translations for confidence

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


trust or belief in someone's ability

I have great confidence in you.

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