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.
Origin and Etymology of belief
Middle English beleave, probably alteration of Old English gelēafa, from ge-, associative prefix + lēafa; akin to Old English lȳfan — more at believe
First Known Use: 12th century
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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