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

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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 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 Now the disbelieving Novoa was caught between two forces of nature. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Will Clark, asked about Giants managerial job: ‘It’s not off the radar’," 6 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of disbelieve

circa 1644, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of disbelieve was circa 1644

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disbelieve

verb
How to pronounce disbelieve (audio)

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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