Definitions of confidence

  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"
  2. a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; " public confidence in the economy"
  3. a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; " everyone trusted him with their confidences"; " the priest could not reveal her confidences"
  4. a feeling of trust ( in someone or something); " I have confidence in our team"; " confidence is always borrowed, never owned"
  5. a trustful relationship; " he took me into his confidence"; " he betrayed their trust"
  6. The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now commonly by in.
  7. That in which faith is put or reliance had.
  8. 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.
  9. Private conversation; ( pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them.
  10. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved.
  11. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous.
  12. Giving occasion for confidence.
  13. Firm trust or belief: self- reliance: firmness: boldness.
  14. Firm belief; trust; boldness; self- reliance.
  15. Trust; reliance; belief in a person or thing.
  16. Assurance; self reliance.
  17. Private communication; a secret.
  18. A firm trust; trust in self, or self- reliance; object of trust; assurance of safety; boldness.
  19. Trust; reliance; security; boldness; courage.

Usage examples for confidence

  1. I'll show my confidence in him, so I will. – The Man of Destiny by George Bernard Shaw
  2. You had all my love, all my confidence. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  3. Be in love with her, but don't give her your confidence. – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  4. Her face had become pale, and although the look in her eyes was not of fear, it showed no confidence. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  5. I have seen a doctor, a man in whom I have more confidence than I have in Dr. Doddleson. – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  6. I am greatly obliged to you for your confidence. – The Author Of Beltraffio by Henry James
  7. When thou considerest Christ in his holy poverty, how he was so entirely empty of love to temporal things, his love will also actuate thee to learn that thou art to put off the love of the world and to despise it; so that thou wilt desire nothing here but thy Lord Jesus Christ, and wilt not put thy confidence in any creature, or earthly assistance. – True Christianity by Johann Arndt
  8. Only let him keep up his hope and faith and not lose confidence. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. I would rather you did, my lad, as the responsibility is great, and I should lie down to rest with more confidence. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  10. " Sir," returned the old man, proudly, " my son asked my assistance; I did not sell it to him for his confidence." – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  11. This, also, I state to you in confidence. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  12. You promised me your confidence last night. – The Time of Roses by L. T. Meade
  13. Neither his brother- in- law nor he are great friends of Cromwell's, I can assure you; but this in confidence. – The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat
  14. Yes, agreed Celia, with a look of confidence, I think you will. – Vane of the Timberlands by Harold Bindloss
  15. It gave confidence, and set him thinking. – A Man and a Woman by Stanley Waterloo
  16. Doing such a thing, makes one lose confidence in him who has done it, as one cannot tell what he may do next. – The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell
  17. Yet she gave him no chance to ask her confidence. – The Title Market by Emily Post