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confidence

con·fi·dence

confidence

 
 
pronunciation:
kan fih dihns
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sense of assurance, faith, or trust in a person or thing.
My coach has confidence in my abilities.
 
synonyms:
belief, faith, trust
antonyms:
apprehension, distrust, doubt, uncertainty
similar words:
aplomb, assurance, certainty, credence, dependence, reliance, security, sureness
definition 2: a sense of assurance in oneself; self-confidence.
He does his job with great confidence.She exudes an air of confidence.
synonyms:
self-assurance, self-confidence
antonyms:
diffidence, insecurity, self-doubt
definition 3: a secret.
She often shared confidences with her sister.
synonyms:
secret
definition 4: reliance on another to keep a secret.
He told me this in strict confidence.
similar words:
privacy, secrecy, trust
Word Parts
The word confidence contains the following parts:
fid Latin root that means faith, trust
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.