dis·be·lief | \ˌdis-bə-ˈlēf \

Definition of disbelief 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for disbelief


incredulity, unbelief


belief, credence, credit

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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

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Vera’s escapades in Buenos Aires justify the suspension of disbelief. Rayyan Al-shawaf, Philly.com, "'Who Is Vera Kelly?' by Rosalie Knecht: Brainy, endearing bisexual spy," 13 July 2018 In film this is called the suspension of disbelief; the drama trumps the doubt. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Stop Boycotting Pro Cycling," 6 July 2018 The employee expressed disbelief, and then began apologizing. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Donald Brinckman Found a Grubby Business and Turned It Into a Wall Street Darling," 30 June 2018 In the wake of the incident, meteorologists have expressed disbelief that the aircraft flew into such a violent storm. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "‘Scariest flight of my life’: Hail smashes nose of plane that flew into towering storm," 5 June 2018 Fans worldwide expressed disbelief at the stark difference between the photo and Li's famously youthful appearance. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Jet Li tells fans he's 'feeling great' after shocking viral photo," 23 May 2018 One student, Ken, expressed disbelief on Twitter at how much had changed for them in so little time. Ashley Belanger, Teen Vogue, "Student Survivors Describe the Santa Fe High School Shooting," 22 May 2018 Bush expressed disbelief about some of the things then-candidate Trump had said about women. CBS News, "Barbara Bush dead at 92," 18 Apr. 2018 But two top officials said Trump on Thursday morning expressed disbelief to Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisers and Kelly himself that Kelly's name was surfacing on media watch lists because his job is secure. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump plans to replace McMaster, maybe others," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disbelief

1672, in the meaning defined above

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suspend (one's) disbelief

suspend one's disbelief

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The first known use of disbelief was in 1672

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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 \

Kids Definition of disbelief

: refusal or inability to believe She watched in disbelief.

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