cre·​dence | \ ˈkrē-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce credence (audio) \

Definition of credence

1a : mental acceptance as true or real give credence to gossip
b : credibility sense 1 lends credence to the theory an idea that is gaining credence
2 : credentials used in the phrase letters of credence
3 [Middle 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

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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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The theory is gaining credence among scientists. I'm afraid I don't put much credence in common gossip.
Recent Examples on the Web And even India’s 2020 figures gave additional credence to the W.H.O. estimates, said Dr. Jha, who has also studied excess deaths in India. New York Times, 5 May 2022 These moments gave more credence to the nudity in the finale. Nick Romano,, 24 Apr. 2022 Market research lends credence to the idea that greater diversity in corporate leadership contributes to superior business performance. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 There’s reportedly nothing in the documents that lends credence to conspiracy theories suggesting Epstein did not die by suicide. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2021 First, the display of incompetence lends credence to the belief that American power is in decline, which is potentially destabilizing. Ian Bremmer, Time, 20 Aug. 2021 Pentagon officials said that other Russian ships had moved farther from the Ukrainian shoreline, lending credence to the claim of missile strikes. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Now that Musk won't be sitting on its board, the company's leaders should do something simple: Refuse to give credence to Musk's opinions and ideas. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 What worries some in Europe is that Biden’s unscripted remark will give credence to a belief in Moscow that Washington’s goal is not, in fact, Ukrainian freedom — but a regime change in Russia. NBC News, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of credence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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23 May 2022

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“Credence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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