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 The organization later shared the tweet on its Instagram account, where Instagram users commented in disbelief. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Kentucky's Jefferson County has about half of state's Black population," 3 July 2020 Nandi, from Ipswich, England, could be seen watching the video with her hands over her mouth in disbelief before opening the case to reveal a brand new black Fender Soul Power Stratocaster, Morello's signature guitar. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine gifted one of his guitars to a 10-year-old rocker girl," 27 June 2020 The Detroit Red Wings seem in disbelief at just how bad things keep going. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Red Wings need the No. 1 pick more than any other team. Here's why," 26 June 2020 President Trump’s order to freeze a type of visa most often used by software engineers provoked dismay and disbelief in India, which has sent hundreds of thousands of professionals to work on technology projects in the United States. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "Trump’s new immigration restrictions hit one country hard: India," 23 June 2020 There is a lot of disbelief and distrust because there has been so little action with a lot of dialog that appears to have been worthless. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, "What prominent community members say should be done to make Indiana better for everyone," 17 June 2020 Social media was flooded with condolences for the actor, with many reacting to the news with disbelief. Rafiq Maqbool, USA TODAY, "Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, found dead," 15 June 2020 Simone Hunter watched the fire with what was becoming a familiar mixture of vindication and disbelief. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 The classic bit has Pryor riffing on the routine mistreatment black Americans face by police — and on the widespread disbelief among white Americans that such mistreatment takes place. Los Angeles Times, "46 years later, a painfully timely Richard Pryor routine becomes a viral Spotify hit," 5 June 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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6 Jul 2020

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“Disbelief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbelief. Accessed 7 Jul. 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


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Kids Definition of disbelief

: refusal or inability to believe She watched in disbelief.

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