• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-confidence The quality or state of being self-confident; self-reliance. "A feeling of self-confidence which supported and sustained him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-confidence Confidence in one's own judgment or ability; reliance on one's own observation, opinions, or powers, without other aid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Self-confidence confidence in, or reliance on, one's own powers: self-reliance
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  • Marcus Garvey
    Marcus Garvey
    “If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.”
  • Arthur Ashe
    Arthur Ashe
    “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. self, seolf, sylf; Dut. zelf, Ger. selbe, Goth. silba.


In literature:

Then follows self-confidence, self-trust, self-effort, self-dependence.
"The Master's Indwelling" by Andrew Murray
It was not because of self-confidence or of failure to recognize what was before him.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
The experience of a few hours, however, unsettled her self-confidence very considerably.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 87, March, 1875" by Various
Her attainments were immense; her self-confidence unbounded.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXVIII. February, 1843. Vol. LIII." by Various
A sense of usefulness and self-confidence begins to possess the minds of the members.
"The Minister and the Boy" by Allan Hoben
His old air of confident, almost smug self-satisfaction, had vanished.
"The Great Prince Shan" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The farther in he went, the more his self-confidence failed him.
"Corea or Cho-sen" by A (Arnold) Henry Savage-Landor
Oh, what miracles have been wrought by the self-confidence, the self-determination of an iron will!
"An Iron Will" by Orison Swett Marden
With all his experience of life and of women, he had as little self-confidence as an awkward girl.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
She smiled in a placid, self-confident way.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford

In poetry:

Lulling th' impatient spirit to repose
With holy confidence that all is good,
So gently chastening, even nature's self
Would not escape the lesson if she could.
"A Hymn In Sickness" by Caroline Fry
Yield to me now, for I am weak,
But confident in self-despair;
Speak to my heart, in blessings speak;
Be conquered by my instant prayer;
Speak, or thou never hence shalt move,
And tell me if thy name be Love.
"Wrestling Jacob" by Charles Wesley
For undemocratic reasons and for motives not of State,
They arrive at their conclusions—largely inarticulate.
Being void of self-expression they confide their views to none;
But sometimes in a smoking-room, one learns why things were done.
"The Puzzler" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Workplace fitness delivers self confidence, allowing employees to work harder, take on more challenges and aim for higher levels of achievement.
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Climb the executive ladder with self confidence.
China has much to be proud of, he said, but the level of self-confidence is low.
The star of the film 'The Muppets '—and the new face of MAC Cosmetics—dishes on stardom, beauty and how she attained her trademark self-confidence.
The Princess Project promotes self-confidence and individual beauty by providing free prom dresses and accessories to high school girls who cannot otherwise afford them.1.
5 tips to boost your self-confidence .
For McCain, self-confidence on ethics has risk.
A Father's Day remembrance: Do-it-yourself dads help build self-confidence .
The clown class at Albuquerque's Ernie Pyle Middle School builds self-confidence .
Self-confidence unnecessary for stellar success.
India's mood darkens as corruption undermines nation's self-confidence .
Herald article boosted motorcycle racer's self-confidence .
Sometimes it makes me lose my self-confidence when they shoot me down like that.