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Definition of "confidence" []

  • Trust or faith in a person or thing. (noun)
  • A trusting relationship: I took them into my confidence. (noun)
  • That which is confided; a secret: A friend does not betray confidences. (noun)
  • A feeling of assurance that a confidant will keep a secret: I am telling you this in strict confidence. (noun)
  • A feeling of assurance, especially of self-assurance. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "confidence" in a sentence
  • "To kiss the handsomest woman in the party, to pay her a compliment in some extempore effusion, or to whisper a confidence (_faire une confidence_) in her ear -- all these are hardly enjoined before they are happily accomplished."
  • "But I haste to the qualifications of this divine work, — fervency, reverence, and confidence; _fervency_ in crying, _reverence and confidence_ in crying, “Abba, Father;” for these two suit well toward our"
  • "The first distinction to be made is that, in parliamentary governments, the head of the government__for whom there are various different official titles such as prime minister, premier, chancellor and his or her cabinet are dependent upon the confidence of the legislature and can be dismissed from the office by a legislative vote of ´no confidence´ or censure."