un·​be·​lief ˌən-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce unbelief (audio)
: incredulity or skepticism especially in matters of religious faith

Examples of unbelief in a Sentence

living in an age of unbelief a natural-born skeptic, she typically greets the latest conspiracy theory with head-shaking unbelief
Recent Examples on the Web This problem of unbelief has plagued reformers for decades. Ervand Abrahamian, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2016 The historical abnormality of modern-day unbelief was a theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s in the years before, during, and after his pontificate. Katherine Howell, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 It’s been a bit of unbelief. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 31 Mar. 2021 Consider a subject that sounds parochial but amounts to a civilizational bellwether: the statistics on religious belief and unbelief in the 2021 censuses. David Harsanyi, National Review, 15 Dec. 2022 His Dark Materials is a kind of romance of unbelief. James Parker, The Atlantic, 15 Oct. 2019 When you have been taught, commanded even, to build your entire life around a community, the cost of unbelief is considerable. Amber Scorah, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2019 Decree defeat, humiliation and unbelief to the unbelievers. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2018 But God eventually answered these prayers, and by the power of his spirit their unbelief was shattered and they were brought to Christ. Billy Graham, kansascity.com, 8 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbelief was in the 12th century

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“Unbelief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbelief. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​be·​lief ˌən-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce unbelief (audio)
: the withholding or absence of belief : doubt
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