Definition of credence
1a : mental acceptance as true or real <give credence to gossip>b : credibility 1 <lends credence to the theory> <an idea that is gaining credence>
2 : credentials —used in the phrase letters of credence
3 [Medieval French, from Old Italian credenza] : a Renaissance sideboard used chiefly for valuable plate
4 : a small table where the bread and wine rest before consecration
Examples of credence in a sentence
The theory is gaining credence among scientists.
<I'm afraid I don't put much credence in common gossip.>
Did You Know?
Credence is close in meaning to belief, but there are differences. Unlike belief, credence is seldom used in connection with faith in a religion or philosophy. Instead credence is often used in reference to reports, rumors, and opinions. And, unlike belief, it tends to be used with the words give, lack, lend,and gain. So a new piece of evidence may lend credence to the alibi of a criminal suspect. Claims that a political candidate can become the next President gain credence only after the candidate wins a few primaries. And although stories about Elvis sightings persist, they lack credence for most people.
Origin and Etymology 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
CREDENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of credence for English Language Learners
: belief that something is true
: the quality of being believed or accepted as something true or real
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