beggar belief

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of beggar belief

chiefly British
: to be unbelievable or not deserving to be believed : to defy belief
  • It almost beggars belief that anyone can be so cruel.

Word by Word Definitions

beggar play
  1. : one that begs (see 1beg 1)

  2. : pauper

  3. : fellow

  1. : to reduce to poverty or the practice of asking for charity : to reduce to beggary

  2. : to exceed the resources or abilities of : defy

belief play
  1. : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing

  2. : something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed

  3. : conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence


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