confidence


confidence
confidence 1 *trust, reliance, dependence, faith
Analogous words: certitude, assurance, conviction, *certainty: credence, credit, *belief, faith
Antonyms: doubt: apprehension
Contrasted words: *distrust, mistrust: despair, hopelessness (see under DESPONDENT)
2 Confidence, self-confidence, assurance, self-assurance, self-possession, aplomb are comparable when denoting either a state of mind free from diffidence, misgivings, or embarrassment or the easy, cool, or collected bearing or behavior resulting from this attitude.
Confidence stresses faith in oneself and in one's powers; it does not as a rule imply conceit nor preclude the suggestions of support from external agencies or influences or of modest recognition of that assistance
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far better that the task should be entrusted to one who had ... a sincere confidence in his power of dealing with the difficulties of the situation— Benson

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the confidence that springs from complete mastery of his subject— Grandgent

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When self-sufficiency is connoted, self-confidence commonly replaces confidence
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he has the self-confidence of one who has made money— Shaw

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in extreme youth one has to be secondhand . . . one lacks self-confidenceRose Macaulay

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Assurance is distinguishable from confidence only by its far stronger implication of certainty and its frequent suggestion of arrogance; thus, one meets a situation with confidence when one's belief in one's powers is strong, but with assurance when one never questions the outcome or the Tightness of what one is saying or doing
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there was indeed in the personality of that little old lady the tremendous force of accumulated decision— the inherited assurance of one whose prestige had never been questioned— Galsworthy

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no experience so far served to reveal the whole offensiveness of the man's assuranceMary Austin

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Self-assurance implies an assured self-confidence
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the serene self-assurance . . . of the Abbey is unlike the baffling compound of modesty and self-assertiveness in a Nonconformist chapel— Sperry

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he wrote with that pleasing self-assurance which the civilized man occasionally shares with the swageRepplier

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Self-possession implies an ease or coolness arising from command over one's powers; it connotes, usually, controlled but not repressed emotions and actions, or speech free from flurry and appropriate to the situation
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she was rather afraid of the self-possession of the Morels, father and all. ... It was a cool, clear atmosphere, where everyone was himself, and in harmony— D. H. Lawrence

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had that carefully cultivated air of quiet self-possession, suggesting inner repose and serenity— Strauss

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Aplomb describes the behavior or, less often, the bearing of one whose assurance or self-possession is conspicuously but not necessarily disagreeably evident
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ignoring with admirable aplomb the fact that we are tardy— Lowes

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it is native personality, and that alone, that endows a man to stand before presidents and generals . . . with aplombWhitman

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Analogous words: *courage, resolution, mettle, spirit, tenacity
Antonyms: diffidence
Contrasted words: modesty, bashfulness, shyness (see corresponding adjectives at SHY): misgiving, *apprehension

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