The hottest current example is one that Democrats used for a confidence boost in 2004 as well: cellphones.
“Fear was widespread and confidence was scarce,” he explained.
The firm was above responding to criticism because there was nothing that could shake its clients' confidence in its abilities.
Peter Beinart on how declining U.S. confidence has changed the right.
Perhaps La Santa Muerte gives them the confidence to practice some black magic of their own.
It seemed that Mary believed her confidence his due, for she told him the fact.
I had no secrets from them (hear, hear), and this confidence was reciprocated on their part.
There is such an uneasiness in Paris, that we have actually a run of confidence upon us!
It was almost impossible to win their confidence, or to get information from them.
He employed the time cunningly to win back Valentina's favour and confidence.
early 15c., from Middle French confidence or directly from Latin confidentia, from confidentem (nominative confidens) "firmly trusting, bold," present participle of confidere "to have full trust or reliance," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fidere "to trust" (see faith). For sense of "swindle" see con (adj.).