dis·​be·​lieve | \ ˌdis-bə-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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Lawyers and victims’ advocates say women are too often disbelieved or turned away by law enforcement. Washington Post, "France grapples with high domestic violence rate," 22 Nov. 2019 In these cases, the accuser is not so much disbelieved as conscripted into a narrative of women attempting to victimize men by arousing public sympathy. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "E. Jean Carroll’s Accusation Against Donald Trump, and the Raising, and Lowering, of the Bar," 25 June 2019 Even that might not be sufficient today thanks to the rise of ideological broadcast media that leaves Americans willing to disbelieve anything. Thomas Balcerski, Twin Cities, "Thomas Balcerski: Impeachment isn’t the remedy for Trump’s misdeeds," 3 Oct. 2019 People with these disabilities are also often disbelieved by the police. Jennifer Sarrett, The Conversation, "To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help," 12 Nov. 2019 Norman, who died on Monday, at the age of seventy-four, is herself an object of disbelieving awe—a phenomenon over which singers of the future can wonder and weep. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Shimmering Magnificence of Jessye Norman," 3 Oct. 2019 The stadium fell silent with anticipation, and then rather than an eruption, a disbelieving groan filled the air. SI.com, "Napoli 2-4 Lazio: The 90 Minute Champions League Shootout That Had it All," 6 Nov. 2019 Ripa, who had to get the mammogram while recovering from a serious illness that forced her to miss filming at the end of last week, demonstrated the process for a disbelieving Seacrest. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Kelly Ripa Jokes That Mammograms Are Tough for Her: ‘There’s Not so Much for Them to Work With’," 24 Sep. 2019 This claim was disbelieved by opponents, including many Tories, who say no negotiations are happening, partly because Mr Johnson has made no clear proposals to replace the backstop to avert a hard border in Ireland. The Economist, "A tumultuous week for Boris Johnson suggests an election is on the cards," 5 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbelieve. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disbelieve

formal : to not believe (someone or something)


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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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