in confidence

confidence

[kon-fi-duhns]
noun
1.
full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing: We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.
2.
belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance: His lack of confidence defeated him.
3.
certitude; assurance: He described the situation with such confidence that the audience believed him completely.
4.
a confidential communication: to exchange confidences.
5.
(especially in European politics) the wish to retain an incumbent government in office, as shown by a vote in a particular issue: a vote of confidence.
6.
presumption; impudence: Her disdainful look crushed the confidence of the brash young man.
7.
Archaic. something that gives confidence; ground of trust.
Idioms
8.
in confidence, as a secret or private matter, not to be divulged or communicated to others; with belief in a person's sense of discretion: I told him in confidence.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin confīdentia. See confide, -ence

hyperconfidence, noun
nonconfidence, noun
superconfidence, noun


1. faith, reliance, dependence. See trust. 2. Confidence, assurance both imply a faith in oneself. Confidence may imply trust in oneself or arrogant self-conceit. Assurance implies even more sureness of oneself; this may be shown as undisturbed calm or as offensive boastfulness.


1. mistrust.
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confidence (ˈkɒnfɪdəns)
 
n
1.  a feeling of trust in a person or thing: I have confidence in his abilities
2.  belief in one's own abilities; self-assurance
3.  trust or a trustful relationship: take me into your confidence
4.  something confided or entrusted; secret
5.  in confidence as a secret

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confidence
c.1430, from L. confidentia, from confidentem, prp. of confidere "to have full trust or reliance," from con-, intensive prefix, + fidere "to trust" (see faith). For sense of "swindle" see con (3).
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Idioms & Phrases

in confidence

Also, in strict confidence. Privately, on condition that what is said will not be revealed. For example, The doctor told her in confidence that her mother was terminally ill, or He told us in strict confidence that Gail was pregnant. This idiom was first recorded in 1632. Also see take into one's confidence.

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