cocksureness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cocksureness total certainty or greater certainty than circumstances warrant
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Quotations

  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.”
  • Lord Melbourne
    Lord%20Melbourne
    “I wish I was as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything.”

Usage

In literature:

You put up your five thousand if you're so cocksure, and put it up now and I'll cover it!
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
Were they all too cocksure?
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
I never trusted those Senecas; but Wilkins was so cocksure of them that he wouldn't listen to a word against them.
"At War with Pontiac" by Kirk Munroe and J. Finnemore
The normal American novel, even in its most serious forms, takes colour from the national cocksureness and superficiality.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
Keep this personal question before you, even if you are cocksure that you can answer, yes.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
We are a trifle too commercial and a trifle too cocksure.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
And he also will learn not to be cocksure and jump at conclusions.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Some folks are so cocksure, that they won't believe nothing but what they sees for themselves.
"Tom Finch's Monkey" by John C. Hutcheson
Now, you see, that comes of being too cocksure.
"King o' the Beach" by George Manville Fenn
This shows that it doesn't do to be too cocksure of anything.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
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In news:

UES Apartment of Mutual Fund King Sells to Cocksure Todd Cohen and His Cosmo Girl.
The cocksure Broner says he wants to be the first boxer to make a billion dollars.
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In science:

They therefore fail to convince the cocksure classical physicist—or an unprejudiced layman.
Non-classical correlations from dissociation time entanglement
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