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
In July, Philadelphia lifted a four-year-old ban on serving meals in public parks after homeless advocates and faith groups sued the city.
If the GOP Congress is willing to proceed with caution, Democrats should be willing to respond in good faith.
Last month, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced the introduction of Light TV, a faith and family broadcast network.
The Bible makes categorical statements that you can’t be saved except through faith in Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:11-12).
The president said that message rounds out his family’s Christian faith, and that of Americans of all backgrounds.
And while linking commerce and religion may seem distasteful to some, modest-fashion entrepreneurs like Melanie Elturk see it as a natural way to live out their faith and serve their communities.
But throughout their story and relationship, the Gaines' always return to a guiding trust in one another and their faith, and the gambles always seem to pay off.
Without that faith, all of our other problems become harder to solve.
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Origin and Etymology of faith
Middle English feith, from Anglo-French feid, fei, from Latin fides; akin to Latin fidere to trust — more at bide
First Known Use: 13th century
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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