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n. The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; - formerly followed by of, now commonly by in. That in which faith is put or reliance had. The state of mind characterized by one's reliance on himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of security; self-reliance; - often with self prefixed. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them. Confidence game, any swindling operation in which advantage is taken of the confidence reposed by the victim in the swindler.

 - Confidence man, a swindler.

 - To take into one's confidence, to admit to a knowledge of one's feelings, purposes, or affairs.

Syn. - Trust; assurance; expectation; hope. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous. Giving occasion for confidence.

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