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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  Society  is  built  upon  trust,  and  trust  upon 
  confidence  of  one  another's  integrity.  --South. 
 
  A  cheerful  confidence  in  the  mercy  of  God. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  That  in  which  faith  is  put  or  reliance  had 
 
  The  Lord  shall  be  thy  confidence.  --Prov.  iii. 
  26. 
 
  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. 
 
  Your  wisdom  is  consumed  in  confidence;  Do  not  go 
  forth  to-day.  --Shak. 
 
  But  confidence  then  bore  thee  on  secure  Either  to 
  meet  no  danger,  or  to  find  Matter  of  glorious  trial. 
  --Milton. 
 
  4.  Private  conversation;  (pl.)  secrets  shared;  as  there  were 
  confidences  between  them 
 
  Sir,  I  desire  some  confidence  with  you  --Shak. 
 
  {Confidence  game},  any  swindling  operation  in  which  advantage 
  is  taken  of  the  confidence  reposed  by  the  victim  in  the 
  swindler. 
 
  {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. 
 
  I  am  confident  that  very  much  be  done  --Boyle. 
 
  2.  Trustful;  without  fear  or  suspicion;  frank;  unreserved. 
 
  Be  confident  to  speak,  Northumberland;  We  three  are 
  but  thyself.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Having  self-reliance;  bold;  undaunted. 
 
  As  confident  as  is  the  falcon's  flight  Against  a 
  bird,  do  I  with  Mowbray  fight.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Having  an  excess  of  assurance;  bold  to  a  fault; 
  dogmatical;  impudent;  presumptuous. 
 
  The  fool  rageth  and  is  confident.  --Prov.  xiv. 
  16. 
 
  5.  Giving  occasion  for  confidence.  [R.] 
 
  The  cause  was  more  confident  than  the  event  was 
  prosperious.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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" 
  [syn:  {assurance},  {self-assurance},  {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}] 
  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:  {trust}] 
  5:  a  secret  that  is  confided  or  entrusted  to  another;  "everyone 
  trusted  him  with  their  confidences";  "the  priest  could  not 
  reveal  her  confidences" 




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