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CON'FIDENCE, noun [Latin 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. Psalms 118:8.

I rejoice that I have confidence in you in all things. 2 Corinthians 7:16.

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 48:13.

Jehovah shall be thy confidence Proverbs 3:26.

4. Safety, or assurance of safety; security.

They shall build houses and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence Ezekiel 28:26.

5. Boldness; courage.

Preaching the kingdom of God with all confidence Acts 28:31.

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.