mis·​be·​lief | \ ˌmis-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce misbelief (audio) \

Definition of misbelief

: erroneous or false belief : heresy

Examples of misbelief in a Sentence

the common misbelief that the Great Wall of China is visible from the moon
Recent Examples on the Web Lilith Fair also helped contribute to the misbelief that music made by women had to be personal, had to be polite, and had to include an acoustic guitar. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 1 July 2022 His research focuses on the psychology of human misbelief, particularly false beliefs people hold about themselves. Carmen Sanchez, Scientific American, 15 Oct. 2021 So prevalence turbocharges false news, and echo chambers then turn into self-perpetuating whirlwinds of misbelief. Monique Brouillette, National Geographic, 18 Sep. 2020 This six-part series, which begins on Sunday on Showtime, isn’t easy to climb aboard, especially for American viewers steeped in the misbelief that the passions of the Vietnam War era were exclusive to the United States. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of misbelief

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Misbelief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misbelief. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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