Meaning of CONFIDENCE in English


I. ˈkänfədən(t)s also -d ə n- or -ˌden- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin confidentia, from confident-, confidens (present participle of confidere to confide) + -ia -y

1. : the state of one that confides : trust , reliance , belief

a cheerful confidence in the mercy of God — T.B.Macaulay

2. : feeling or consciousness of reliance on oneself or one's circumstances : self-confidence

a doctor's increasing confidence and skill

painters who had … lost their confidence — W.B.Yeats

3. : the state of feeling sure : certitude — usually used with of

great confidence of success

the level of confidence accepted for a given set of statistical data

4. : brashness , presumption , impudence

he had that confidence which the first thinker of anything never has, for all thinkers … approach the truth full of hesitation and doubt. Confidence comes from repetition, from the breath of many mouths — W.B.Yeats

5. obsolete : an object of faith or reliance

for the Lord shall be thy confidence — Prov 3:26 (Authorized Version)


a. : a relation or state of trust or intimacy between persons who confide in each other

take a friend into one's confidence concerning a private affair

b. obsolete : trustworthiness

c. : a communication made in confidence

the confidences between lawyer and client

d. : trust in or support of the policy or action of a prime minister and his cabinet expressed by a formal vote of the legislature in a parliamentary system of government

Synonyms: see trust

II. adjective

: having to do with the appropriation by a swindler of funds entrusted to him usually by a dupe promised large and easy profits from a type of investment not generally considered ethical

confidence game

confidence man

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to swindle especially by exploiting confidence or desire for quick gain

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