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self-confidence

[self-kon-fi-duh ns, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈkɒn fɪ dəns, ˈsɛlf-/
noun
1.
realistic confidence in one's own judgment, ability, power, etc.
2.
excessive or inflated confidence in one's own judgment, ability, etc.
Origin of self-confidence
1630-1640
1630-40
Related forms
self-confident, adjective
self-confidently, adverb
Synonyms
1. assurance, self-possession, self-respect, poise. 2. conceit, self-esteem.
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  • Yet only a month before she was singing its praises with all the self-confidence of foolish ignorant youth.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • It cannot all be want of experience as 13th have shown dash and self-confidence.

  • The chieftain's self-confidence was so ingrained and deeply set that he could not doubt his own triumph.

    The Phantom of the River Edward S. Ellis
  • Self-sufficiency and self-confidence are inevitable results.

  • His self-confidence and faith will carry conviction, and stir them with enthusiasm for the undertaking.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for self-confidence

self-confidence

noun
1.
confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
Derived Forms
self-confident, adjective
self-confidently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-confidence
n.

also self confidence, 1650s, from self- + confidence.

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