Definition of faith
faithsplay \ˈfāths, sometimes ˈfāthz\
2a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religionb (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
: without question took everything he said on faith
Examples of faith in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of faith from the Web
The Washington Post's Cleve Wootson reports that a photo featuring evangelical Christians laying their hands on the president and praying has received criticism from anti-Trump members of the faith.
Children ages three (must be potty-trained) through 10-years-old enjoy stories and activities teaching to be strong in their faith.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has put its faith in laborious, bilateral trade deals with individual countries - on paper, at least.
Proponents have said the law, dubbed the Student Religious Freedom Act, reinforces students’ constitutional right to express their faith and political views in public schools and universities.
Related: Kentucky law may let school clubs bar LGBT students, group says Proponents say the law is intended to protect students' freedom to express their faith and political views by rejecting members who don't hold similar values.
Researchers may come to rely on computers not only to do the science, but also to explain it: Some evidence for biological theories may be so complex that accepting it requires faith in the computation.
Perhaps on the Fourth of July, the American soldier’s greatest victory — the maintenance of his or her faith — can inspire you as well.
Their strict interpretation of religious law often puts them at odds with liberal Jews practicing their faith in Israel.
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Synonym Discussion of faith
FAITH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of faith for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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