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

a :  mental acceptance as true or real <give credence to gossip>
b :  credibility 1 <lends credence to the theory>
:  credentials —used in the phrase letters of credence
[Middle French, from Old Italian credenza] :  a Renaissance sideboard used chiefly for valuable plate
:  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

Synonym Discussion of CREDENCE

belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer <my belief that I had caught all the errors>. faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof <an unshakable faith in God>. credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent <a theory now given credence by scientists>. credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof <gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness>.


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