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English noun: confidence

1. confidence (cognition) freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

SamplesHis assurance in his superiority did not make him popular.
After that failure he lost his confidence.
She spoke with authority.

Synonymsassurance, authority, self-assurance, self-confidence, sureness

Broader (hypernym)certainty

Attributecertain, incertain, sure, uncertain, unsure

2. confidence (feeling) a feeling of trust (in someone or something)

SamplesI have confidence in our team.
Confidence is always borrowed, never owned.

Broader (hypernym)security

Attributeconfident, diffident, shy, timid, unsure

Antonymsdiffidence, self-distrust, self-doubt

3. confidence (state) a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable

SamplesPublic confidence in the economy.

Broader (hypernym)hopefulness

4. confidence (state) a trustful relationship

SamplesHe took me into his confidence.
He betrayed their trust.


Broader (hypernym)friendly relationship, friendship

5. confidence (communication) a secret that is confided or entrusted to another

SamplesEveryone trusted him with their confidences.
The priest could not reveal her confidences.

Broader (hypernym)secret

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