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Confident, adj. 1) trusting, without suspicion: “a man may be too c.” Wiv. II, 1, 194. “be c. to speak; we three are but thyself,” R2 II, 1, 274. let me have it (your secret); “I do not talk much. I am c.; you shall, sir,” H8 II, 1, 146. “we are c., we shall hear music,” Troil. I, 3, 72. “Rome, be as just and gracious unto me as I am c. and kind to thee,” Tit. I, 61. Followed by of: “no lesser of her honour c. than I did truly find her,” Cymb. V, 5, 187.
2) sure, assured: “c. I am last night 'twas on mine arm,” Cymb. II, 3, 150. “yet c. I'll keep what I have swore,” LLL I, 1, 114 (== I am sure to keep. Or perhaps used adverbially).
3) full of assurance, without fear of miscarriage: “art thou so c.?” All's II, 1, 162. “his forces strong, his soldiers c.” John II, 61. “as c. as is the falcon's flight,” R2 I, 3, 61. “c. against the world in arms,” H4A V, 1, 117. “all too c., to give admittance to a thought of fear,” H4B IV, 1, 152. “the c. and overlusty French,” H5 IV Chor. H5 IV Chor. -- Peculiar expressions: “that water-walled bulwark, still secure and c. from foreign purposes,” John II, 28 (== confidently secure from). “these three, three thousand c., in act as many,” Cymb. V, 3, 29 (i. e. equalling three thousand in confidence; after the analogy of: three thousand strong).
Hence == bold, in a good and ill sense: “not lions more c.” John II, 452. “a c. brow,” H4B II, 1, 121. “the c. tyrant keeps still in Dunsinane,” Mcb. V, 4, 8.
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