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 Zhu was in disbelief because of all the projects were team efforts. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire senior named a young hero after apps help limit food insecurity," 15 Oct. 2020 Doe watched in disbelief as strangers streamed through the gates every weekend and danced until dawn, unmasked, inebriated — and in clear violation of social distancing protocols. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "Airbnb Combats Surge in Party Houses After Covid Shuts Nightclubs," 14 Oct. 2020 Selena’s death sent shockwaves throughout the world, leaving fans in disbelief. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Selena Quintanilla's Husband Chris Perez Reveals What Ran Through His Head When He First Met the Singer," 6 Oct. 2020 Carlson, who had batted cleanup only once in his career until Wednesday, went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, scored two runs, stole a base, and made a spectacular diving catch that had Padres’ star Manny Machado shaking his head in disbelief. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Dylan Carlson, Yadier Molina send message, have Cardinals on cusp of NL Division Series," 1 Oct. 2020 Biden, an institutionalist with more than four decades of experience in Washington, was visibly in disbelief at the display, opting instead to consistently look straight into the camera and address the viewing public. cleveland, "Constant interruptions, insults, obscure substantive discussion at first presidential debate in Cleveland," 29 Sep. 2020 The controversy has even made waves on social media across Asia; many in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China responded with disbelief, sympathy for Patton, and a fair bit of ridicule. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "USC professor under fire after using Chinese expression students allege sounds like English slur," 10 Sep. 2020 Freire Interian and Gonzalez, who were released Thursday after posting bail, expressed disbelief over the misdemeanor charges. Bobby Caina Calvan, USA TODAY, "Florida couple arrested for breaking COVID-19 quarantine, declared an 'immediate danger'," 31 July 2020 Derlin Newey was in disbelief Tuesday morning when the Valdez family knocked on the door of his Utah home. Hannah Lawson, CNN, "89-year-old pizza delivery driver gets $12,000 tip surprise from 'TikTok Family'," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

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“Disbelief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbelief. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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