belief

noun
be·​lief | \ bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce belief (audio) \

Definition of belief

1 : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing her belief in God a belief in democracy I bought the table in the belief that it was an antique. contrary to popular belief
2 : something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed an individual's religious or political beliefs especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group the beliefs of the Catholic Church
3 : conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence belief in the validity of scientific statements

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Synonyms & Antonyms for belief

Synonyms

credence, credit, faith

Antonyms

disbelief, discredit, doubt, nonbelief, unbelief

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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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belief and faith mean agreement with the truth of something. belief is used when there is some kind of evidence for believing even though the believer is not always sure of the truth. The story strengthened my belief in ghosts. faith is used when the believer is certain even if there is no evidence or proof. Even after the robbery, I kept my faith in the goodness of people.

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Examples of belief in a Sentence

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.
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His confidence, his swagger, his belief in himself — unbelievable. Jimmy Golen, courant.com, "Blues win 1st Stanley Cup, beating Bruins 4-1," 13 June 2019 With previous classes, Bakich didn't have the ability to show proof of his belief in returning to Omaha. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball's College World Series run proves it can hang with powerhouses," 12 June 2019 What clearly came through is his deeply spiritual connection with art and his belief in its power to transform individuals and even the society at large. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Columbine High School’s future; A vote to diminish your vote; Artistic interpretation (6/12/19)," 12 June 2019 It’s my personal belief that a key to solving urban mobility is flying burgers, in any city. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Flying Big Macs are coming to San Diego courtesy of Uber drones," 12 June 2019 The scientists who have braved Greenland’s environs with ever-more-sophisticated measuring tools are united in their belief that Greenland is changing faster than anyone had thought possible. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'The Ice at the End of the World' review: Scary clues of climate change in Greenland," 11 June 2019 The double standard still drives me mad and fuels my belief that women’s health is a feminist issue. Dara Pettinelli Kapoor, Health.com, "What Nike’s Plus-Size Mannequin Means for All Women, Even Tanya Gold," 11 June 2019 The miner’s lamp, the child’s alphabet, testify to his core beliefs. The Economist, "Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war," 7 June 2019 Let the world see that the entertainment industry puts its deepest beliefs above profits. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Must Pull Out of Georgia," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of belief

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for belief

Middle English beleave, probably alteration of Old English gelēafa, from ge-, associative prefix + lēafa; akin to Old English lȳfan — more at believe

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belief

noun

English Language Learners 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

belief

noun
be·​lief | \ bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce belief (audio) \

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.

belief

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Legal Definition of belief

: a degree of conviction of the truth of something especially based on a consideration or examination of the evidence — compare knowledge, suspicion

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