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credence

noun cre·dence \ˈkrē-dən(t)s\

: belief that something is true

: the quality of being believed or accepted as something true or real

Full Definition of CREDENCE

1
a :  mental acceptance as true or real <give credence to gossip>
b :  credibility 1 <lends credence to the theory>
2
:  credentials —used in the phrase letters of credence
3
[Middle French, from Old Italian credenza] :  a Renaissance sideboard used chiefly for valuable plate
4
:  a small table where the bread and wine rest before consecration

Examples of CREDENCE

  1. The theory is gaining credence among scientists.
  2. <I'm afraid I don't put much credence in common gossip.>

Origin of CREDENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent-, credens, present participle of credere to believe, trust — more at creed
First Known Use: 14th century

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