confidence
I. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances <
had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed
>
<
met the risk with brash confidence
>
b. faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way <
have confidence in a leader
>
2. the quality or state of being certain ; certitude <
they had every confidence of success
>
3. a. a relation of trust or intimacy <
took his friend into his confidence
>
b. reliance on another's discretion <
their story was told in strictest confidence
>
c. support especially in a legislative body <
vote of confidence
>
4. a communication made in confidence ; secret <
accused him of betraying a confidence
>
Synonyms: confidence, assurance, self-possession, aplomb mean a state of mind or a manner marked by easy coolness and freedom from uncertainty, diffidence, or embarrassment. confidence stresses faith in oneself and one's powers without any suggestion of conceit or arrogance <
the confidence that comes from long experience
>
. assurance carries a stronger implication of certainty and may suggest arrogance or lack of objectivity in assessing one's own powers <
handled the cross-examination with complete assurance
>
. self-possession implies an ease or coolness under stress that reflects perfect self-control and command of one's powers <
answered the insolent question with complete self-possession
>
. aplomb implies a manifest self-possession in trying or challenging situations <
handled the reporters with great aplomb
>
. II. adjective Date: 1849 of, relating to, or adept at swindling by false promises <
a confidence game
>
<
a confidence man
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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