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 for Confidence man
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Confidence \Con"fi*dence\, n. [L. confidentia firm trust in,
     self-confidence: cf. F. confidence.]
     1. The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in;
        trust; reliance; belief; -- formerly followed by of, now
        commonly by in.
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              Society is built upon trust, and trust upon
              confidence of one another's integrity. --South.
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              A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     2. That in which faith is put or reliance had.
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              The Lord shall be thy confidence.     --Prov. iii.
                                                    26.
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     3. The state of mind characterized by one's reliance on
        himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of
        self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of
        security; self-reliance; -- often with self prefixed.
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              Your wisdom is consumed in confidence;
              Do not go forth to-day.               --Shak.
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              But confidence then bore thee on secure
              Either to meet no danger, or to find
              Matter of glorious trial.             --Milton.
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     4. Private conversation; (pl.) secrets shared; as, there were
        confidences between them.
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              Sir, I desire some confidence with you. --Shak.
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     Confidence game, any swindling operation in which advantage
        is taken of the confidence reposed by the victim in the
        swindler; several swindlers often work together to create
        the illusion of truth; -- also called con game.
  
     Confidence man, a swindler.
  
     To take into one's confidence, to admit to a knowledge of
        one's feelings, purposes, or affairs.
  
     Syn: Trust; assurance; expectation; hope.
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                I am confident that very much be done. --Boyle.
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     2. Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved.
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              Be confident to speak, Northumberland;
              We three are but thyself.             --Shak.
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     3. Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted.
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              As confident as is the falcon's flight
              Against a bird, do I with Mowbray fight. --Shak.
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     4. Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault;
        dogmatical; impudent; presumptuous.
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              The fool rageth and is confident.     --Prov. xiv.
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     5. Giving occasion for confidence. [R.]
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              The cause was more confident than the event was
              prosperous.                           --Jer. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  confidence man
      n 1: a swindler who exploits the confidence of his victim [syn:
           confidence man, con man, con artist]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  29 Moby Thesaurus words for "confidence man":
     bunco artist, bunco steerer, cardsharp, cardsharper, carpetbagger,
     con artist, con man, crimp, defrauder, diddler, gyp, horse coper,
     horse trader, jackleg, land pirate, land shark, land-grabber,
     mortgage shark, pettifogger, pitchman, shark, sharp, sharper,
     sharpie, shortchanger, shyster, slicker, spieler, trickster
  
  

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