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
NounFaith without doubt leads to moral arrogance, the eternal pratfall of the religiously convinced.—Joe Klein, Time, 17 May 2004Nick 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, 2000But 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Poll: Republicans see Trump as a ‘person of faith’ above all other candidates.—Heather Hunter, Washington Examiner, 27 Sep. 2023 Washington National Cathedral is a Neo-Gothic house of worship for the Episcopal faith.—Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Sep. 2023 However, while many traditional schools of Islam see LGBTQ+ identities as incompatible with the faith’s instructions, the views of American Muslims are more diverse.—Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2023 He was surrounded by leaders of Marseille's varied faith groups and representatives of migrant rescue organizations that have increasingly come under fire from Europe's populist politicians.—Nicole Winfield and Sylvie Corbet The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2023 Administrators had planned the initiative for months, convening a strategy workshop with top tech and advertising executives, academics, faith leaders and physicians.—Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 There are many examples of a political struggle by a community that tends to share the same religious faith.—Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2023 Holding on to my faith, knowing that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord, and believing in that, gave us the strength to carry on.—Breanna Bell, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 Hymn on the Third Messenger and the Archons According to this faith, the holding of which was punished by death for martyrs uncounted, physical creation is a desperate containment exercise, fighting to encase Darkness that seeks at every instant to burst forth and overwhelm the realm of Light.—Matt Thompson, Spin, 10 Sep. 2023
Faith that not only is Oakland the best place for the A’s, but also faith that Fisher and Kaval will botch this.—Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 June 2023 See More
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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"
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).