Meaning of CONFIDENCE in English


/kon"fi deuhns/ , n.

1. full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.

2. belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.

3. certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.

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 in a particular issue: a vote of confidence.

6. presumption; impudence: Her disdainful look crushed the confidence of the brash young man.

7. Archaic. something that gives confidence; ground of trust.

8. in confidence , as a secret or private matter, not to be divulged or communicated to others; with belief in a person's sense of discretion: I told him in confidence.

[ 1350-1400; ME ( confidentia. See CONFIDE, -ENCE ]

Syn. 1. faith, reliance, dependence. See trust. 2. CONFIDENCE, ASSURANCE both imply a faith in oneself. CONFIDENCE may imply trust in oneself or arrogant self-conceit. ASSURANCE implies even more sureness of oneself; this may be shown as undisturbed calm or as offensive boastfulness.

Ant. 1. mistrust.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .