Definitions

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  • noun The state or condition of being cocksure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun total certainty or greater certainty than circumstances warrant

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Examples

  • His very cocksureness is filched from Darwin’s morality of strength based on the survival of the fittest.

    The Little Lady of the Big House, by Jack London

  • Kissing my mother and padding her bosom, carrying a banal effervescent cocksureness, he kicked his boots to the center of the room, and whisked her up the stairs.

    Carolina Grüber: I

  • In moments where his air of mystery is challenged he loses that cocksureness.

    How Rinse FM, the radio station behind Dizzee Rascal and Katy B, keeps it salty

  • On the surface he was all bluster, bravado and cocksureness.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • Padding her bosom, carrying around an effervescent cocksureness, he kicked his boots to the center of the room and whisked her up the stairs.

    We Stabbed and a Mighty Scarf Shot Red

  • Kissing my mother and padding her bosom, carrying a banal effervescent cocksureness, he kicked his boots to the center of the room, and whisked her up the stairs.

    Carolina Grüber: I

  • Oh, believe me, I see it very clearly — myself in the heyday and cocksureness of youth, flinging at you, with much energy and little skill, my immature generalisations from science; and you with an elderly beneficence and tolerance, smiling shrewdly and affectionatety upon me, secure in the knowledge that sooner or later I am sure to get through with it all and join you in your broad and placid philosophy.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • We hope he would navigate between the amoral realism of some in his party and the counterproductive cocksureness of the current administration, especially in its first term.

    Not in My Backyard

  • For “democracy” or the “democratic spirit” (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and quick to snarl or whimper at the first sign of criticism.

    Screwtape on Democracy | Diane Duane's weblog: "Out of Ambit"

  • Perhaps there had been a shade too much cocksureness in the hakim's voice, but he acted faultlessly when he answered.

    In The Time Of Light

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