from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being confiding; confiding disposition; trustfulness.

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  • noun The state or quality of being confiding.


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  • They combined the confidingness of a child with the poet-passion of heart and of intellect; and in gazing into them it was easy to read _why_ Mrs. Browning wrote.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • The shopkeepers, restaurants, and gambling-houses, with an amiable confidingness peculiar to such people, had trusted the miners to that degree that they themselves were in the same moneyless condition.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52

  • A truly devout Catholic, in her grief she leaned with all a woman's trust and confidingness upon the love and power of Christ, and something of the divine calmness which we associate with the character of the mother of our Lord, and which has been so wonderfully depicted to the eye by some of the older painters, pervaded her spirit.

    Adèle Dubois A Story of the Lovely Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick

  • Alone, alone … "So am I," he said, on a gush of confidingness.

    Brave New World

  • He was rather better-looking in the face than she had supposed; and in this light she observed more clearly the rather odd expression he wore about the eyes, a quality of youthful hopefulness, a sort of confidingness: not the look of a brick-thrower, unless you happened to know the facts in the case.

    V. V.'s Eyes

  • He is captivating with his frankness, confidingness, and unexampled naivete!

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • While never failing duly to receive and return Hugh's rather stiff attentions, and while doing superb justice to the repast, Ramsey, with side glances from her large, unconscious eyes emotionally enriched by long auburn lashes, easily and with great zest contemplated her mother's charming complexion, so lily-white and shell pink for a Creole matron, as well as the lovely confidingness of her manner, so childlike yet so wise.

    Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi

  • To Herder as to everyone else Goethe aired his opinions with the "frank confidingness" which he notes as a trait of his own character, and which gave Herder frequent opportunities for scathing criticism.

    The Youth of Goethe

  • “Oh yes, I should like to learn French,” Newman went on, with democratic confidingness.

    The American

  • -- This confidingness, this complaisance, this showing-the-cards of German HONESTY, is probably the most dangerous and most successful disguise which the

    Beyond Good and Evil


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