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
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.
Recent Examples of belief from the Web
In recent weeks, as Iraqi forces approached the end of the battle, the belief held was that any man coming out of the couple of hundred square meters of the Old City district was almost certainly ISIS.
Reflecting Rouse's belief that art should be part of our daily lives and incorporated into our public spaces, the new Downtown Columbia plan requires public art as part of each new development project.
Not much has dispelled me from this belief, either.
Fire represents the fusion of different cultures, knowledge, belief and philosophies.
His attorneys say his escape and the killings were spurred by Morva’s belief that his life in jail was at risk.
Typically, my all-black-everything wardrobe beliefs trickle down to my underwear drawer.
But as broader American culture clashes more and more intensely with conservative Christian beliefs, the challenge of talking about the tough stuff among themselves may be getting harder.
The impulse that rejects the very notion of IQ differences between races will thrive despite any beneficent intentions founded on belief in such differences.
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Synonym Discussion of belief
synonyms see in addition opinion
BELIEF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belief for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of belief for Students
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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