Confidence 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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  • confidence game — n. A swindle in which a swindler earns the trust of the victim and then takes advantage of it to cheat the victim out of money; informally called a con game or simply con. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks …   Law dictionary

  • Confidence game — Game Game, n. [OE. game, gamen, AS. gamen, gomen, play, sport; akin to OS., OHG., & Icel. gaman, Dan. gammen mirth, merriment, OSw. gamman joy. Cf. {Gammon} a game, {Backgammon}, {Gamble} v. i.] 1. Sport of any kind; jest, frolic. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confidence game — UK US noun [C] US ► CONFIDENCE TRICK(Cf. ↑confidence trick) …   Financial and business terms

  • confidence game — confidence games N COUNT A confidence game is the same as a confidence trick. [mainly AM] …   English dictionary

  • confidence game — ☆ confidence game n. a swindle effected by gaining the confidence of the victim …   English World dictionary

  • confidence game — confidence ,game noun count a trick in which someone persuades another person to trust them and then gets money from them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • confidence game — any swindle in which the swindler, after gaining the confidence of the victim, robs the victim by cheating at a gambling game, appropriating funds entrusted for investment, or the like. Also called, Brit., confidence trick. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

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

  • confidence game — Obtaining of money or property by means of some trick, device, or swindling operation in which advantage is taken of the confidence which the victim reposes in the swindler. The elements of the crime of confidence game are: (1) an intentional… …   Black's law dictionary

  • confidence game — Obtaining of money or property by means of some trick, device, or swindling operation in which advantage is taken of the confidence which the victim reposes in the swindler. The elements of the crime of confidence game are: (1) an intentional… …   Black's law dictionary

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