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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Synonyms & Antonyms for disbelief


incredulity, nonbelief, 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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Everybody was very calm, but stunned, and in disbelief. Garrett M. Graff, Time, "What Happened on Capitol Hill on 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 The Ducks, in disbelief, faced a long walk back to the locker room. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: A pleasant truth emerges in Oregon-Auburn ‘Was Michael Dyer down?’ saga," 28 Aug. 2019 The Ducks, in disbelief, faced a long walk back to the locker room. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, al, "A pleasant truth emerges in Oregon-Auburn ‘Was Michael Dyer down?’ saga," 28 Aug. 2019 Car experts are shaking their heads in disbelief with only 58% of the cars up for auction at Monterey this year actually selling. Fortune, "Letter From Pebble Beach: What a Disappointing Classic Car Auction Tells us About the 1%—and the Economy," 24 Aug. 2019 After the migrants who had jumped from the ship were back aboard, several female migrants wailed or pressed their hands to their head as if in disbelief. Washington Post, "Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island," 18 Aug. 2019 Agnes, Shing, and their son Alex stared at a television screen in disbelief as protesters charged the legislative building. . Alice Su, latimes.com, "Hong Kong protests escalate as violent demonstrators overrun legislature building," 1 July 2019 Connor rolled his eyes; Ross shook his head in disbelief. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "The Last of the Ayn Rand Acolytes," 14 Aug. 2019 And even people that were in disbelief that police killed my son and shot my son in the back are now all of a sudden believers. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Father demands justice after video appears to show Colorado Springs police fatally shot son in back," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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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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