faith

noun
\ ˈfāth How to pronounce faith (audio) \
plural faiths\ ˈfāths How to pronounce faith (audio) , sometimes  ˈfāt͟hz \

Essential Meaning of faith

1 : strong belief or trust in someone or something His supporters have accepted his claims with blind/unquestioning faith. Our faith in the government has been badly shaken by the recent scandals. See More ExamplesHis parents have always had faith in him. = His parents have never lost faith in him. [=his parents have always believed that he is a person who deserves to be trusted and who will succeed] I have no faith in politicians. = I put/have little faith in politicians. [=I do not trust politicians] 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.Hide
2 : belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs religious faith Nothing is more important to her than her faith in God. See More ExamplesShe says that her faith has given her the courage to deal with this tragedy. He says he has found faith. [=he has begun to believe in God or has developed strong religious beliefs]Hide
3 : a system of religious beliefs : religion people of all faiths the Christian/Jewish/Muslim faith

Full 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 How to pronounce faith (audio) \
faithed; faithing; faiths

Definition of faith (Entry 2 of 2)

Synonyms & Antonyms for faith

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Janan Graham-Russell, a Mormon studies fellow at the University of Utah, said this pivot toward highlighting diversity reflects church leaders’ sensitivity to the increasingly international nature of the faith. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Nov. 2021 But there is also the possibility of someone who isn’t of the faith using the set to ostensibly laugh at the community. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 Listecki is encouraging people of faith to continue to pray for those who have suffered injury as a result of the incident, and especially, those who have lost their lives. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Nov. 2021 Humans bedeck their most permanent structures to inscribe them with their articles of faith, their relationship with nature, the nuances of social structure. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 24 Nov. 2021 Build Accelerator and will invest $5 million to give minority and faith-based developers equity in projects co-developed with Enterprise. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, 23 Nov. 2021 The mandate excludes religious or faith-based groups. Esmy Jimenez, oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 With a chance to ice the game, the Pacers showed faith in Brissett, feeding him for another late 3-point attempt. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Oct. 2021 All of those people took their time and just showed me such faith. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021

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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
\ ˈfāth How to pronounce faith (audio) \

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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