Definition of credence
1a : mental acceptance as true or real give credence to gossipb : credibility 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
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.
Recent Examples of credence from the Web
Native American advocates say the report lends credence to their belief that law enforcement favored private industry in the dispute.
On-field developments since then have lent more credence to that line of thinking.
So the use of this particular maxim to close out a trailer that opens on a shot of Sansa in Winterfell's godswood seems to only add credence to the theory that the two sisters are fated to finally see each other again.
That Wade decided before the trade talks surrounding Butler fully played out in advance of Thursday's NBA draft gave credence to what Wade said on April 29.
Improving from Year 1 to Year 2 for Thomas would give credence to the bold claim.
But public opinion had shifted and, as the number of complaints continued to climb, many gave more credence to the dozens of women and their stories of being drugged and raped.
Several recent studies have given that boast credence.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s government gave no credence to the Labour announcement, saying a Labour win next week would lead to fewer jobs.
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What Is The Difference Between credence and belief?
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.
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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