disbelieve

verb
dis·​be·​lieve | \ -ˈlēv How to pronounce disbelieve (audio) \
disbelieved; disbelieving; disbelieves

Definition of disbelieve

transitive verb

: to hold not worthy of belief : not believe

intransitive verb

: to withhold or reject belief

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Other Words from disbelieve

disbeliever noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disbelieve

Synonyms

discredit, negate

Antonyms

accept, believe, credit, swallow

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Examples of disbelieve in a Sentence

Several jurors disbelieved the witness's testimony. many disbelieved the medium's claims that she could communicate with the spirits of the dead

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But what happened with Strzok and what happened with Ohr, these are unfortunate circumstances that do lend to people who were inclined to disbelieve what Mueller comes up with that lends credence to that concern. Fox News, "Former top intelligence officials come to Brennan's defense," 18 Aug. 2018 There’s a core of Trump supporters who at this point disbelieve the Voxes and Washington Posts and New York Times of the world on principle because they’ve been instructed to do that. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 2018 The counterexample Not one of a dozen cases above contradicts the hypothesis that Trump believes women who accuse his rivals of misconduct and disbelieves those who accuse his friends. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A hypothesis: When Trump speaks of women, he's thinking of men," 11 Feb. 2018 With his comments about Christine Ford at his rally, Trump is not just sending the message that survivors with imperfect memories should be disbelieved. Anna North, Vox, "Trump’s mockery of Christine Blasey Ford perpetuates rape culture," 3 Oct. 2018 With a disbelieving forward baring down on goal with Neuer, Higuain snatched at the shot however, and scuffed his shot wide. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: Gonzalo Higuain Must Deliver For Argentina After 2014 Final Flop," 14 June 2018 But Trump's selection of what to believe and disbelieve appears to be purely self-serving, rather than evidence-based. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Trump calls Comey a liar yet keeps citing him as a credible source," 21 Apr. 2018 His supporters were going to disbelieve anything Obama said. George Packer, The New Yorker, "Witnessing the Obama Presidency, from Start to Finish," 5 June 2018 One of the greatest tricks that the patriarchy plays on women is to deliberately destabilize them, then use their instability as a reason to disbelieve them. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Koch network laying groundwork to fundamentally transform America’s education system," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of disbelieve

circa 1644, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of disbelieve was circa 1644

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disbelieve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disbelieve

formal : to not believe (someone or something)

disbelieve

verb
dis·​be·​lieve | \ ˌdis-bə-ˈlēv How to pronounce disbelieve (audio) \
disbelieved; disbelieving

Kids Definition of disbelieve

: to think not to be true or real The jury disbelieved the story.

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