Confidence

Definition of Confidence

Con´fi`dence
n.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.
2.That in which faith is put or reliance had.
The Lord shall be thy confidence.
- Prov. iii. 26.
2.Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved.
Be confident to speak, Northumberland;
We three are but thyself.
- Shak.
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.
3.Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted.
As confident as is the falcon's flight
Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight.
- Shak.
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; several swindlers often work together to create the illusion of truth; - also called con game.
Confidence man
a swindler.
To take into one's confidence
to admit to a knowledge of one's feelings, purposes, or affairs.
I am confident that very much be done.
- Boyle.
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.
The cause was more confident than the event was prosperous.
- Jer. Taylor.

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