1 n-uncount If you have confidencein someone, you feel that you can trust them.
usu N in n
I have every confidence in you..., This has contributed to the lack of confidence in the police..., His record on ceasefires inspires no confidence.
2 n-uncount If you have confidence, you feel sure about your abilities, qualities, or ideas.
The band is on excellent form and brimming with confidence..., I always thought the worst of myself and had no confidence whatsoever.
3 n-uncount If you can say something withconfidence, you feel certain it is correct.
usu with N
I can say with confidence that such rumors were totally groundless.
4 n-uncount If you tell someone something inconfidence, you tell them a secret.
usu in N
We told you all these things in confidence..., Even telling Lois seemed a betrayal of confidence. If you take someone into your confidence, you tell them a secret.
take sb into one's confidence phrase V inflects
If your daughter takes you into her confidence, don't rush off to tell your husband.
vote of no confidence
confidence game ( confidence games plural ) A confidence game is the same as a confidence trick.
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confidence man ( confidence men plural ) A confidence man is a man who persuades people to give him their money or property by lying to them.
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confidence trick ( confidence tricks plural ) A confidence trick is a trick in which someone deceives you by telling you something that is not true, often to trick you out of money.
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in AM, usually use confidence game
1 n-uncount If members of an organization pass a vote or motion of no-confidence in someone, they take a vote which shows that they no longer support that person or their ideas.
usu n of N, N n (Antonym: confidence)
A call for a vote of no-confidence in the president was rejected..., ...a no-confidence motion.
2 n-uncount You can refer to something people say or do as a vote of no-confidence when it shows that they no longer support a particular person or organization.
usu n of N (Antonym: confidence)
Many police officers view this action as a vote of no-confidence in their service.
If you have self-confidence, you behave confidently because you feel sure of your abilities or value. n-uncount
With the end of my love affair, I lost all the self-confidence I once had...
vote of confidence ( votes of confidence plural )
1 n-count A vote of confidence is a vote in which members of a group are asked to indicate that they still support the person or group in power, usually the government.
The Indian Prime Minister, V P Singh, lost a vote of confidence in the Indian parliament.
2 n-count A vote of confidence is something that you say or do which shows that you approve of or support a person or a group.
The ten-year deal is a vote of confidence in coal-fired power stations.
vote of no confidence ( votes of no confidence plural ) A vote of no confidence is a vote in which members of a group are asked to indicate that they do not support the person or group in power, usually the government. n-count usu sing
The opposition has called for a vote of no confidence in the government.