disbelieve

verb
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

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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That slightly theatrical clipped diction perfectly complemented the narrow, disbelieving eyes and that matinee-idol pompadour. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Documentary ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’ is a slam-bang look at a slam-bang interviewer," 31 July 2019 Ready to disbelieve That Kaysing’s conspiracy theory took hold in mid-1970s America is in large part due to a wider crisis of trust in the country at the time. Peter Knight, Quartz, "Why so many people believe the moon landing was faked," 11 July 2019 Once again, those who have an interest in disbelieving her—including, in this case, Trump himself—mention money and fame as her probable motivations for coming forward. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Cruel Paradox at the Heart of E. Jean Carroll’s Allegation Against Trump," 24 June 2019 Democrats have a long record of disbelieving victims—even when there is significant evidence of guilt—whenever the allegations threaten their power. WSJ, "Debating the Lessons of Brett Kavanaugh and Gregory Peck," 11 Oct. 2018 People of color are still disbelieved and discounted. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Aurora Perrineau Wanted to Be Known as an Actor. Instead, Her Name Got Dragged Into Scandal," 21 May 2019 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

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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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