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Confidence in oneself or one's own abilities.

self′-con′fi·dent adj.
self′-con′fi·dent·ly adv.


confidence in one's own powers, judgment, etc
ˌself-ˈconfident adj
ˌself-ˈconfidently adv


faith in one's own judgment, ability, etc.
self`-con′fident, adj.
self`-con′fidently, adv.




  1. The acceptance of oneself … is like falling heir to the house one was born in and has lived in all one’s life but to which, until now, one did not own the title —Jean Stafford
  2. (Sit there with) all the quiet certainty of a marauding chimp —Carla Lane, line from British television sitcom, “Solo”
  3. As cocksure as if he had a fistful of aces —Honoré de Balzac
  4. Confidence leaking like gas all over the room —Wilfrid Sheed
  5. Confidence, like the soul, never returns whence it has once departed —Publius Syrus
  6. Confident as a man dialing his own telephone number —Jack Bell
  7. (He would be as) confident as a married man of how the evening would turn out —Alice McDermott
  8. Confident as a master baker with a cake in the oven —Elizabeth Irvin Ross
  9. Feel his title hang loose about him, like a giant’s robe upon a dwarfish thief —William Shakespeare

    See Also: NAMES

  10. Feeling power and confidence rise strongly up in her like wine filling a glass —Celia Dale
  11. Felt like the cock of the walk —John Dos Passos
  12. He displayed like an aura the lordly demeanor of a man who not only had dined on success throughout his lifetime but also had been born to it —Joseph Heller
  13. I feel like a dime among pennies —Fiorello H. La Guardia, Village Voice, November 21, 1968

    The former New York City mayor responded thus when asked how it felt to be smallest man in a group.

    See Also: SMALLNESS

  14. I’m like a cat. Throw me up in the air and I’ll always land on my feet —Bette Davis, quoted in Rex Reed interview


  15. Pitching is a rollercoaster ride through the land of confidence —Ron Darling, New York Mets pitcher, New York Times/Sports of the Times, August 3, 1986

    See Also: BASEBALL

  16. (The children) roamed through the neighborhood like confident landlords —Alice Mc Dermott
  17. Self-confidence like an iron bar —Stephen Vincent Benét
  18. Self-confidence surrounds him like force field —William Boyd
  19. She was a human duck off whose back even the most seering of words flowed like harmless rain —H. E. Bates

    A twist on the timeworn “Rolled off him/her like water off a duck’s back.”

  20. Very pleased with herself … like a boa constrictor that had just enjoyed a rather large lunch —Mike Fredman
  21. Walked the lane between the indifferently rowed cabins like he owned them, striding from shade into half-light as if he could halve the setting sun —Sherley Anne Williams
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.self-confidence - freedom from doubtself-confidence - freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; "his assurance in his superiority did not make him popular"; "after that failure he lost his confidence"; "she spoke with authority"
certainty - the state of being certain; "his certainty reassured the others"


noun self-assurance, confidence, poise, nerve, self-respect, aplomb, self-reliance, high morale Richard's self-confidence is growing steadily.


A firm belief in one's own powers:


[ˌselfˈkɒnfɪdəns] Nconfianza f en sí mismo
I lost all my self-confidenceperdí toda la confianza en mí mismo


[ˌsɛlfˈkɒnfɪdns] nfiducia in se (me, te ) stesso/a


(selfˈkonfidəns) noun
belief or trust in one's own powers. You need plenty of self-confidence to be a good airline pilot.
ˌself-ˈconfident adjective
ˌself-ˈconfidently adverb


n autoconfianza, confianza en uno mismo
References in classic literature ?
It recalled the de- parted self-confidence, and inspired me again with a determination to be free.
Accustomed to see the will of all, even of Cedric himself, (sufficiently arbitrary with others,) give way before her wishes, she had acquired that sort of courage and self-confidence which arises from the habitual and constant deference of the circle in which we move.
I have been that of mine; but not with the proper amount of prudence, and my self-confidence has therefore made me pay dearly; for I ought to have reflected that Rocinante's feeble strength could not resist the mighty bulk of the Knight of the White Moon's horse.
My jests, gentlemen, are of course in bad taste, jerky, involved, lacking self-confidence.
Let your excellencies only leave the matter to me," returned Signor Pastrini in a tone indicative of unbounded self-confidence.
WHEN the woods again began to pour forth the dark-hued masses of the enemy the youth felt serene self-confidence.
Still, whatever the greatness of my illusion, the fact remained that the real commander was there, backing up my self-confidence, though invisible to my eyes behind a maple-wood veneered cabin-door with a white china handle.
Now that my folly has destroyed the host, I dare not look Trojan men and Trojan women in the face, lest a worse man should say, 'Hector has ruined us by his self-confidence.
though it may be not so much with a light heart, as with a measure of self-confidence and unquenchable hope.
On the other hand, my adventurous pursuit kept me in contact with the sea where I found occupation, protection, consolation, the mental relief of grappling with concrete problems, the sanity one acquires from close contact with simple mankind, a little self-confidence born from the dealings with the elemental powers of nature.
As he stood there, a glorious figure in his youthful self-confidence, a turn of his head reminded her a second time of Martin, recalling sharply the way her husband had looked the night he told her of his love for the other Rose.
That little glow of self-satisfaction, that added measure of self-confidence, were to lead me on that very night to the most dreadful experience of my life, ending with a shock which turns my heart sick when I think of it.