faith

noun
\ ˈfāth How to pronounce faith (audio) \
plural faiths\ ˈfāths How to pronounce faiths (audio) , 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 How to pronounce faith (audio) \
faithed; faithing; faiths

Definition of faith (Entry 2 of 2)

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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 But those of us whose faith in America is deeper than who happens to hold the office of president don’t have to join Boot in making the case for Chinese Empire. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Max Boot’s Case for Chinese Empire," 20 Oct. 2020 Longstanding antagonisms within each faith tradition – between fundamentalists and modernizers – were now reformed to pit religious conservatives of different denominations against liberals. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history," 20 Oct. 2020 About three-quarters of Catholics think that religious doctrine should not be used in vetting for public office, and nearly 70% believe that questions about faith should not be asked in judicial confirmation hearings, the poll found. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Trump cuts into Biden's lead with swing-state Catholics after Barrett pick," 20 Oct. 2020 Even still, the index closed in positive territory for the week, speaking to investors' unflinching faith in the mega-cap tech stocks. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Move over tech stocks. This emerging sector is now fueling the equities rally," 19 Oct. 2020 That belief, Foles emphasized, isn’t just blind faith. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "What do you get when you punctuate a Chicago Bears road win with some Meek Mill in Club Dub? An absolutely caffeinated Nick Foles.," 19 Oct. 2020 Longstanding antagonisms within each faith tradition – between fundamentalists and modernizers – were now reformed to pit religious conservatives of different denominations against liberals. Nomi Stolzenberg, The Conversation, "Religious identity and Supreme Court justices – a brief history," 19 Oct. 2020 Mery, who’d grown up under the Santeria faith — an Afro-Caribbean religion with many Catholic elements — hadn’t had many conversations with her children about her funeral. NBC News, "'She should still be here': Las Vegas family struck by grief as pandemic's effects linger," 18 Oct. 2020 There will be some who still have faith that the more conservative, turnover-free approach of Jacoby Brissett would ultimately serve this team better. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Riding the Philip Rivers roller coaster and wondering if seeing really is believing," 18 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'faith.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of faith was in the 13th century

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Faith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faith. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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faith

noun
How to pronounce faith (audio)

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 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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