confident

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French confident, from Latin confidens (confident, i.e. self-confident, in good or bad sense, bold, daring, audacious, impudent), present participle of confidere (to trust fully, confide). See confide.

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confident (comparative more confident, superlative most confident)

  1. Very sure of something; positive.
    I'm pretty confident that she's not lying, she's acting normally.
    He was confident of success.
  2. Self-assured, self-reliant, sure of oneself.
  3. (obsolete, in negative sense) Forward, impudent.
    • 1775, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The Duenna, I.2:
      I was rated as the most confident ruffian, for daring to approach her room at that hour of night.

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confident (plural confidents)

  1. Obsolete form of confidant.
    • 1684, John Dryden, The History of the League, translation of Histoire de la Ligue by Louis Maimbourg:
      He managed this consultation with exceeding secrecy, admitting only four or five of his confidents, on whom he most relied
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
      a certain Lawyer , a great Confident of the Rebels

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for confident in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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confident m (plural confidents, feminine confidente)

  1. confidant

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cōnfīdent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of cōnfīdō

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From French confident

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confident m (plural confidenți)

  1. confidant

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