(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. assurance, certainty, positiveness; spirit, boldness, self-reliance; communication; privacy, secret; faith, trust. See belief, courage, hope. Ant.,doubt, uncertainty.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Faith]
Syn. reliance, trust, belief; see faith 1 .
2. [Self-assurance]
Syn. self-confidence, self-reliance, assurance, self-possession, aplomb, poise, morale, fearlessness, boldness, hardihood, resolution, firmness, stoutheartedness, intrepidity, sureness, certitude, conviction, faith in oneself, self-esteem, tenacity, mettle, fortitude, élan, certainty, resoluteness, determination, daring, spirit, overconfidence, cockiness, arrogance, pluck*, dash*, grit*, cool*, heart*, backbone*, nerve*, spunk*, chutzpah*; see also courage 1 , determination 2 .
3. [A secret]
Syn. private matter, personal matter, privileged communication, confidential information; see secret .
Syn.- confidence , in this comParison, implies belief in one's own abilities, or, esp. in the form self-confidence , reliance on one's own powers [ he has confidence he will succeed; shy and lacking in self-confidence] ; assurance , in this connection, suggests an even stronger belief in one's ability, but in an unfavorable sense, it may connote (as may, occasionally, confidence ) conceited or arrogant self-sufficiency; self-possession suggests that presence of mind which results from the ability to control one's feelings and behavior; aplomb refers, usually in a favorable sense, to an evident assurance of manner manifesting self-possession [ she stood her ground with admirable aplomb] See also Synonym Study at belief .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. belief trust, reliance, sureness, faith, dependence, assurance.
2. self-confidence self-esteem, self-assurance, courage, self-reliance, heart, faith in oneself, mental toughness, pluck, backbone, spine, nerve.
ANT.: 1. uncertainty, doubt. 2. insecurity, diffidence, self-doubt
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Absolute certainty in the trustworthiness of another: belief, dependence, faith, reliance, trust. See BELIEF. 2. A firm belief in one's own powers: aplomb, assurance, self-assurance, self-confidence, self-possession. See ATTITUDE, BELIEF. 3. The fact or condition of being without doubt: assurance, assuredness, certainty, certitude, conviction, positiveness, sureness, surety. See CERTAIN.

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