confident vs confidant vs confidante : Common Errors in English

About confident vs confidant vs confidante

In modern English “confident’ is almost always an adjective. Having studied for a test you feel confident about passing it. You’re in a confident frame of mind. This spelling is often misused as a noun meaning “person you confide in,” especially in the misspelled phrase “close confident.”The spelling “confidante” suggests that such a close friend might be a female, and conservatives prefer to confine its use to refer to women. But this spelling is also very common for males, and the spelling “confidant” is also used of both males and females. Either one will do in most contexts, but the person you trust with your deep secrets is not your “confident.”

confident Meaning(s)

  • (a) having or marked by confidence or assurance
  • (s) persuaded of; very sure
  • (s) not liable to error in judgment or action

confidant Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone to whom private matters are confided

confidante Meaning(s)

  • (n) a female confidant

confident in News

  1. Babcock confident UC baseball can do better

    The Bearcats haven't won an NCAA Tournament game since they beat Southern Illinois in 1971 and have made only six appearances overall. Athletic director Whit Babcock is confident the Bearcats can do better.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

  2. Lonmin "confident" of union deal with S.Africa's AMCU

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Platinum producer Lonmin said on Wednesday it was confident it could reach a recognition agreement with South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and avert a strike. AMCU wants to be recognised as the majority union at Lonmin as it now represents over 70 percent of the workforce at the world's third -largest producer of the precious metal ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Confident Jennings has his eyes on the prize

    Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 8 KOs, is a confident guy. He oozes that confidence whether he’s giving an interview, walking down the street, working in the gym, doing battle in the ring, or anything else.
    on June 11, 2013 Source:

confidant in News

  1. Diary of Nazi leader and member of Hitler's inner circle found in Niagara County

    It's an historic document, missing for nearly 70 years and Thursday federal officials announced they've recovered the diary kept by a close confidant of Adolf Hitler. YNN's Virginia Butler reports the long road of clues leading to this diary ended in Lewiston.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: YNN Syracuse

  2. Long-lost Nazi diary recovered

    WILMINGTON, Del., June 13 (UPI) -- A long-lost diary, kept by a close confidant of Adolph Hitler, has been seized by authorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: UPI

  3. Apple exec testifies at NY e-books trial

    A confidant of Steve Jobs denies Apple Inc. colluded with book publishers to drive up the price of electronic books. Eddy Cue testified Thursday at a price-fixing trial in federal court in Manhattan. The ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance

confidante in News

  1. Clinton confidante at center of Benghazi damage-control tied to probe of suspected diplomat crimes

    A longtime confidante of Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton who reportedly played a key role in the State Department's damage-control efforts on the Benghazi attack last year is also named in accusations that department higher-ups quashed investigations into diplomats' potential criminal activity. Cheryl Mills, who served in a dual ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Washington Times

  2. Cuomo Says Fred Dicker Report of Infighting Is ‘Not Credible’

    The ongoing break-up saga between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his former confidante-turned-combatant Fred Dicker continued Monday, as Mr. Cuomo dismissed Mr. Dicker’s latest report on office in-fighting as “not credible.” Mr. Dicker reported in the New York Post that the Cuomo administration is being divided by “a war over turf and power” being between two of the governor’s top right-hand men: Chief ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The New York Observer

  3. Nazi Diary Found In Upstate NY, Smuggled Out After Nuremberg Trials

    A long-lost Nazi diary belonging to one of Adolf Hitler’s closest aides has been discovered, and nearly 400 pages of writings by Hitler confidante Alfred Rosenberg have been declared a highly significant find in terms of understanding the Holocaust. The Nazi diary was discovered in Buffalo, New York, long believed to have been smuggled from Germany [...] Nazi Diary Found In Upstate NY, Smuggled ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

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