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confidant

con·fi·dant (con·fi·dante)

confidant (confidante)

 
 
pronunciation:
kan fih dant [or] kan fih dant [or] kan fih daent
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part of speech: noun
definition: one to whom a secret or secrets are trusted or confided.
Her sister was her confidant, the one to whom she told all her secrets.
synonyms:
familiar, intimate
similar words:
alter ego, buddy, chum, friend, mate, pal, trusty
Word Parts
The word confidant contains the following parts:
con- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix con- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with c, d, f, g, j, n, s, and v. See com-. Note: con- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "conceive ."
fid Latin root that means faith, trust
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.