confident


confident
confident, assured, sanguine, sure, presumptuous arecomparable as applied to a person or to his temperament, looks, manner, acts, or utterances with the meaning not inhibited by doubts, fears, or a sense of inferiority.
Confident may imply a strong belief in oneself or one's powers but it nearly always implies freedom from fear of failure, frustration, or attack and, as a corollary, certitude of success, fulfillment, or approval. As a rule, it is not a depreciative term, and often is complimentary
{

his voice was manly and confident

}
{

the happy and joyous temper which characterizes a fresh and confident faith— Inge

}
{

do you grapple the task that comes your way with a confident, easy mind?— Guest

}
{

a confident feeling of immense reserves in strength and endurance— T. E. Lawrence

}
Assured suggests the absence of question in one's mind as to whether one is right or wrong, secure or insecure in one's position, or likely to fail or to succeed; it may also imply certitude of one's Tightness, security, success, but this is not one of its consistent or emphatic implications
{

talking with assured authority about places we have not visited, plays we have not seen— Lucas

}
{

the assured gaze of one who is accustomed to homage— Bennett

}
{

she had the casual, assured way of speaking— Wolfe

}
Sanguine implies a greater measure of optimism than confident, sometimes suggesting this as a weakness rather than as a virtue
{

Mr. Britling's thoughts were quick and sanguine and his actions even more eager than his thoughts— H. G. Wells

}
{

sanguine and very susceptible to flattery, Haydon was always ready to believe that the smallest stroke of good fortune must be the herald of complete success— Huxley

}
{

a surgeon's commission for the doctor, and a lieutenancy for myself, were certainly counted upon in our sanguine expectations— Melville

}
Sure implies that one's freedom from doubts or fears is rather the consequence of certainty or of complete confidence in one's skill than of temperament or health. The word also often connotes a steady and disciplined mind, mental or emotional stability, or unfailing accuracy
{

a sure scholar

}
{

a sure craftsman

}
{

as he is slow he is sureSteele

}
{

she tempted the young man into kissing her, and later lay in his arms for two hours, entirely sure of herself— Anderson

}
Sure is applicable also to any part of the body equipped to do a certain kind of work under the control of the brain, or to the work itself; thus, a sure hand works with unfaltering skill and accuracy; sure feet pick their way fearlessly over slippery rocks; a sure eye is necessary for a sure aim
{

the sure rhythm of their tiny moccasined feet— Cather

}
Presumptuous implies an excess of confidence that is usually displayed boldly or insolently. The term is distinctly depreciative and suggests that the one so characterized is lacking in courtesy, judgment, and savoir faire
{

she enforced the doctor's orders in a way which seemed . . . loud and presumptuousWescott

}
Analogous words: courageous, intrepid, *brave, bold, dauntless, undaunted, valiant, fearless, unafraid: positive, certain
Antonyms: apprehensive: diffident
Contrasted words: *fearful, afraid: nervous, uneasy, jittery (see IMPATIENT): *shy, bashful, modest: dubious, *doubtful

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • confident — confident, ente [ kɔ̃fidɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] n. • av. 1630; it. confidente, lat. confidens « confiant » 1 ♦ Personne qui reçoit les plus secrètes pensées de qqn. Mon ami et mon confident. Être le confident des secrets, des projets de qqn. Un confident… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • confident — CONFIDÉNT, Ă, confidenţi, te, s.m. şi f. Persoană căreia i se fac confidenţe; p. ext. prieten. – Din fr. confident, lat. confidens, ntis. Trimis de Joseph, 22.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  CONFIDÉNT s. 1. intim, (înv.) tainic. (confident al domni… …   Dicționar Român

  • confident — confident, ente (kon fi dant, dan t ) s. m. et f. 1°   Celui, celle à qui l on fait la confidence de ses secrets, de ses pensées intimes. •   Apprends, ma confidente, apprends à me connaître, CORN. Rodog. II, 2. •   Je te fis après lui mon plus… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • confident — CONFIDENT, ENTE. sub. Celui, celle à qui l on confie ses plus secrètes pensées. C est son confident. C est sa confidente. Il étoit le confident de toute l intrigue. Il fut trahi par son confident. Confident discret. Sa plus chère confidente. On… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • confident — Confident, [confid]ente. s. Celuy à qui l on confie ses plus secrettes pensées. C est son confident. c est sa confidente. il estoit le confident de toute l intrigue. il fut trahi par son confident. confident discret, sa plus chere confidente …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • confident — [kän′fə dənt] adj. 1. full of confidence; specif., a) assured; certain [confident of victory] b) sure of oneself; self confident; bold [a confident manner] 2. Obs. trustful; confiding n. CONFIDANT SYN. SURE …   English World dictionary

  • confident — (adj.) 1570s, self reliant, sure of oneself, from M.Fr. confident, from L. confidentem (nom. confidens) firmly trusting, reliant, self confident, bold, daring, prp. of confidere (see CONFIDENCE (Cf. confidence)). Related: Confidently …   Etymology dictionary

  • Confident — Con fi*dent, n. See {Confidant}. South. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • confident — index assertive, categorical, certain (fixed), certain (positive), definite, dogmatic, indubious …   Law dictionary

  • confident — [adj1] certain, assured bet on*, bold, brave, cocksure, convinced, counting on, courageous, dauntless, depending on, expectant, expecting, fearless, having faith in, high*, hopeful, intrepid, positive, presuming, presumptuous, puffed up*, pushy,… …   New thesaurus


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.