Simple Definition of belief
: a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true
: a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable
: a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone
Full Definition of belief
1 : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing
2 : something believed; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group
3 : conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence
Examples of belief
There is growing belief that these policies will not succeed.
He gets angry if anyone challenges his religious beliefs.
We challenged his beliefs about religion.
Origin of belief
Middle English beleave, probably alteration of Old English gelēafa, from ge-, associative prefix + lēafa; akin to Old English lȳfan — more at believe
First Known Use: 12th century
Synonym Discussion of belief
synonyms see in addition opinion
BELIEF Defined for Kids
Definition of belief
1 : a feeling of being sure that a person or thing exists or is true or trustworthy <belief in ghosts> <belief in democracy>
2 : religious faith
3 : something believed <It's my belief that our team really won.>
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