CON'FIDENCE, n. L. See Confide.
1. A trusting, or reliance; an assurance of mind or firm belief in the integrity, stability or veracity of another, or in the truth and reality of a fact.
It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118.
I rejoice that I have confidence in you in all things. 2 Corinthians 7.
Mutual confidence is the basis of social happiness.
I place confidence in a statement, or in an official report.
2. Trust; reliance; applied to one's own abilities, or fortune; belief in one's own competency.
His times being rather prosperous than calm, had raised his confidence by success.
3. That in which trust is placed; ground of trust; he or that which supports.
Israel was ashamed of Beth-el their confidence. Jeremiah 48.
Jehovah shall be thy confidence. Proverbs 3.
4. Safety, or assurance of safety; security.
They shall build houses and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence. Ezekiel 28.
5. Boldness; courage.
Preaching the kingdom of God with all confidence. Acts 28.
6. Excessive boldness; assurance, proceeding forom vanity or a false opinion of one's own abilities, or excellencies.
Their confidence ariseth from too much credit given to their own wits.