disbelief

noun

dis·​be·​lief ˌdis-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce disbelief (audio)
: the act of disbelieving : mental rejection of something as untrue

Example Sentences

She stared at him in utter disbelief. their story explaining their absence was met with frank disbelief
Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday, neighbors gathered at the site of the latest attack, looking on in disbelief. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Jan. 2023 Boras summoned Correa to his hotel room to break the news, leaving Correa in disbelief. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2023 On Sunday, neighbors gathered at the site of the latest attack, looking on in disbelief. Nicole Tung, New York Times, 15 Jan. 2023 Lawmakers on the floor yelled in disbelief as Rogers was held back by a colleague. Mary Clare Jalonick, Chicago Tribune, 7 Jan. 2023 When one of the nurses kneeled by her side to offer an explanation, Luisa froze, in disbelief. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2022 Dak Prescott could only look on in disbelief as the Jaguars celebrated their game-winning interception returned for a touchdown in overtime. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2022 Prescott sat on the field in disbelief as the Jaguars celebrated one of their more improbable wins in franchise history. Mark Long, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Dec. 2022 Soccer fans are in disbelief as France rallied from 2-0 goal deficit with back-to-back goals from Kylian Mbappé at about 80 minutes of play. Doha Madani, NBC News, 18 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disbelief was in 1672

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“Disbelief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbelief. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

disbelief

noun
dis·​be·​lief ˌdis-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce disbelief (audio)
: the act or state of disbelieving : mental rejection of something as untrue

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