from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Trust or faith in a person or thing.
- n. A trusting relationship: I took them into my confidence.
- n. That which is confided; a secret: A friend does not betray confidences.
- n. A feeling of assurance that a confidant will keep a secret: I am telling you this in strict confidence.
- n. A feeling of assurance, especially of self-assurance.
- n. The state or quality of being certain: I have every confidence in your ability to succeed.
- adj. Of, relating to, or involving a swindle or fraud: a confidence scheme; a confidence trickster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Self-assurance.
- n. Expression or feeling of certainty.
- n. The quality of trusting.
- n. Information held in secret.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now commonly by in.
- n. That in which faith is put or reliance had.
- n. 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.
- n. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared.
- n. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved.
- n. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted.
- n. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous.
- n. Giving occasion for confidence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Assurance of mind or firm belief in the good will, integrity, stability, or veracity of another, or in the truth or certainty of a proposition or an assertion; trust; reliance.
- n. Reliance on one's own powers, resources, or circumstances; belief in one's own competency; self-reliance; assurance.
- n. That in which trust is placed; ground of trust; one who or that which gives assurance or security.
- n. Boldness; courage; disregard or defiance of danger.
- n. A secret; a private or confidential communication: as, to exchange confidences.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
- n. a trustful relationship
- n. a secret that is confided or entrusted to another
- n. a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable
- n. a feeling of trust (in someone or something)
Latin confidentia > confidere > con- + fidere > fides (Wiktionary)