confident / confidant / confidence

The adjective confident describes when you feel certain – especially of a good outcome, like success. It can also describe a person who feels good about himself/herself.

  • I’m confident that all the problems will be resolved soon.
  • The company is confident of a successful winter season.
  • I’m attracted to women who are strong and confident.

    A confidant or confidante is a person who can be trusted; a person to whom you often tell secrets or discuss personal issues.

  • The actress prefers to keep her love life private; she only discusses personal matters with her confidants.
  • Brian was a confidant of Governor Williams – they grew up on the same street and remained close friends into adulthood.

    When you tell a secret or private information to somebody, you are confiding in that person – telling the person things because you trust him/her to keep them secret.

    Some confusion comes from the word confidence, which can be used in two ways:

    1) As a noun for the quality of feeling good and strong about yourself:

    Taking martial arts classes really helped boost my confidence!

    His confidence grew as he practiced more.

    2) Trust or faith in a person or thing:

    – If someone tells you something in confidence or in strict confidence, it means they are trusting you to keep it a secret.

    – If you place/put confidence in someone, it means you trust them.

    – If someone betrays/breaks your confidence, it means they did something that destroyed the trust you had in them.