dis·​be·​lief | \ ˌdis-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce disbelief (audio) \

Definition of disbelief

: the act of disbelieving : mental rejection of something as untrue

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Examples of disbelief in a Sentence

She stared at him in utter disbelief. their story explaining their absence was met with frank disbelief
Recent Examples on the Web And even without policy explicitly outlining how to accommodate people with long Covid in the workplace, employers can start by coming from a place of empathy and support, rather than doubt and disbelief. Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2021 Though the characters ought to be in their 70s by now, the actresses, and a few male love interests, were mostly in their 50s, suggesting either a suspension of disbelief or some superb plastic surgeons. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 The concern ranks as the most commonplace reason for vaccine hesitancy in the Beehive State, but the survey suggests that wait-and-see attitudes and disbelief that the shot is necessary are also holding many people back. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 After the phone calls came photographs and with them disbelief that Sharpe, a man in a suit being interviewed about charter schools could be a rapist. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 26 Sep. 2021 In the clip, which has been viewed more than 20 million times in the eight years since it was posted, Lily Clem breaks down in tears of excitement and disbelief. Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 Though the revelations last winter cast a pall over the building, there was a certain amount of willful disbelief that a potential buyer could maintain. Kim Velsey, Curbed, 24 Sep. 2021 Reed’s family and friends took to social media Thursday to share their grief and disbelief. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2021 The woman said she was racked with pain and disbelief on the hospital bed, her belly slick with ultrasound gel, when a hospital worker delivered the news: There was a baby inside her. Emily Alpert Reyes Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of disbelief

1672, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disbelief was in 1672

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11 Oct 2021

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“Disbelief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbelief. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disbelief

: a feeling that you do not or cannot believe or accept that something is true or real


dis·​be·​lief | \ ˌdis-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce disbelief (audio) \

Kids Definition of disbelief

: refusal or inability to believe She watched in disbelief.

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