faith

noun
\ˈfāth \
plural faiths\ ˈfāths , sometimes  ˈfāt͟hz \

Definition of faith 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty lost faith in the company's president

b(1) : fidelity to one's promises

(2) : sincerity of intentions acted in good faith

2a(1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God

(2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

b(1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return

(2) : complete trust

3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction especially : a system of religious beliefs the Protestant faith

on faith

: without question took everything he said on faith

faith

verb
\ˈfāth \
faithed; faithing; faiths

Definition of faith (Entry 2 of 2)

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Noun

belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance. belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer. my belief that I had caught all the errors faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof. an unshakable faith in God credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent. a theory now given credence by scientists credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof. gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

Examples of faith in a Sentence

Noun

Faith without doubt leads to moral arrogance, the eternal pratfall of the religiously convinced. — Joe Klein, Time, 17 May 2004 Nick wiped at the moustache of sweat droplets that was as much a part of his face as his eyes and nose and gave a shrug that indicated a certain lack of faith in our judgment. — Tom Perrotta, Joe College, 2000 But while no one with a grain of sense trusted Miss Stephanie, Jem and I had considerable faith in Miss Maudie. She had never told on us, had never played cat-and-mouse with us, she was not at all interested in our private lives. She was our friend. — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960 His supporters have accepted his claims with blind faith. Our faith in the government has been badly shaken by the recent scandals. Lending him the money to start his own business was an act of faith. It requires a giant leap of faith for us to believe that she is telling the truth. Nothing is more important to her than her faith in God. She says that her faith has given her the courage to deal with this tragedy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But city councilwoman for security and community, Itziar Gomez, said that women should have faith in the city's institutions. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Spain's Pamplona launches app to stop sexual assaults at bull-running festival," 5 July 2018 Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News His faith in Exxon’s process was one of the top reasons he was selected by the board to succeed Mr. Tillerson, according to people familiar with the decision. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Exxon, Once a ‘Perfect Machine,’ Is Running Dry," 13 July 2018 Her faith was a source of strength throughout her life, right up through her recent physical challenges. courant.com, "Barbara Ann Vigneau," 7 July 2018 Refreshing that faith is why Wednesday should be more than just another day off. John Dickerson, CBS News, "Fourth of July is not just a celebration, but an assignment," 29 June 2018 Their faith in the city's ability to help, however, isn't strong, even with the new plan on the table. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 Second, get better data than the public has, allowing traders to see if the market’s faith in the pound is misplaced, or the currency is overvalued. Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash," 25 June 2018 To him, faith wasn't about just identifying with one specific religion. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gifted with boundless energy, a father faces his final days and leaves a lasting message," 15 June 2018 Public trust is essential for USP to succeed in these tasks, and Piervincenzi believes that even if faith in governments and institutions is on the wane, the breadth and diversity of his organization’s expert network sustains its credibility. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "The Little-known History and Global Future of Quality Medicines," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of faith

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faith

Noun

Middle English feith, fei, borrowed from Anglo-French feit, feid, fei, going back to Latin fidēs "trust, guarantee, proof, sincerity, loyalty, belief," going back to *bhid-ēi-, noun derivative from zero-grade of an Indo-European verbal base *bhei̯dh- "entrust, trust," whence Latin fīdere "to trust (in), have confidence (in)," fīdus "faithful," Greek peíthesthai "to obey, comply with, believe," peíthein "to persuade, prevail upon," Albanian be "oath," and probably Old Church Slavic běždǫ, běditi "to compel, constrain," běda "distress, need"

Note: The English word is an early loan from medieval French, first attested in a homily fragment from the 12th century (see feþ in Dictionary of Old English); it appears to preserve the final interdental fricative generally lost in early Old French—a loss reflected in the more common Anglo-French form fei (also loaned into Middle English—see fay entry 2). Indo-European *bhei̯dh- is also usually claimed to be the source of Germanic *bīðan- "to wait" (see bide).

Verb

verbal derivative of faith entry 1

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faith

noun

English Language Learners Definition of faith

: strong belief or trust in someone or something

: belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs

: a system of religious beliefs

faith

noun
\ˈfāth \

Kids Definition of faith

1 : strong belief or trust I have faith in our leaders.

2 : belief in God

3 : a system of religious beliefs : religion people of all faiths

4 : loyalty to duty or to a person or thing The team's true fans keep the faith.

faith

noun

Legal Definition of faith 

1a : allegiance or loyalty to a duty or a person

b : sincerity or honesty of intentions — see also bad faith, good faith

2 : fidelity to one's promises and obligations

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