con game
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. [1913 Webster]

Society is built upon trust, and trust upon confidence of one another's integrity. --South. [1913 Webster]

A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. That in which faith is put or reliance had. [1913 Webster]

The Lord shall be thy confidence. --Prov. iii. 26. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Your wisdom is consumed in confidence; Do not go forth to-day. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

But confidence then bore thee on secure Either to meet no danger, or to find Matter of glorious trial. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them. [1913 Webster]

Sir, I desire some confidence with you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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.

Syn: Trust; assurance; expectation; hope. [1913 Webster]

I am confident that very much be done. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved. [1913 Webster]

Be confident to speak, Northumberland; We three are but thyself. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted. [1913 Webster]

As confident as is the falcon's flight Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous. [1913 Webster]

The fool rageth and is confident. --Prov. xiv. 16. [1913 Webster]

5. Giving occasion for confidence. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The cause was more confident than the event was prosperous. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • con game — noun a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑bunco, ↑bunco game, ↑bunko, ↑bunko game, ↑con, ↑confidence trick, ↑confidence game, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • con game — Slang. See confidence game. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • con game — noun A swindle in which the mark, or victim, is defrauded after his or her trust has been won. Syn: confidence game, confidence trick, grift …   Wiktionary

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  • Fast and Loose (con game) — Fast and Loose is a cheating game played at fairs by sharpers. Also known as Pricking the Garter (Renaissance), The Strap (1930 con man argot), and The Old Army Game (World War II). In older periods, the leather or cloth webbing garters that men… …   Wikipedia

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