cre·​dence ˈkrē-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce credence (audio)
: mental acceptance as true or real
give credence to gossip
: credibility sense 1
lends credence to the theory
an idea that is gaining credence
: credentials
used in the phrase letters of credence
[Middle French, from Old Italian credenza] : a Renaissance sideboard used chiefly for valuable plate
: a small table where the bread and wine rest before consecration
Choose the Right Synonym for credence

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

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.
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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of credence was in the 14th century

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“Credence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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cre·​dence ˈkrēd-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce credence (audio)
: a ready acceptance of something as true or real
give credence to gossip
: credibility sense 1
lends credence to the theory

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