un·​be·​lief | \ ˌən-bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce unbelief (audio) \

Definition of unbelief

: incredulity or skepticism especially in matters of religious faith

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unbelief


disbelief, incredulity, nonbelief


belief, credence, credit

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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

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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, "Losing my religion," 8 Aug. 2019 Decree defeat, humiliation and unbelief to the unbelievers. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Too Radical for France, a Muslim Clergyman Faces Deportation," 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, "Billy Graham: Set an example for those you wish would turn to Christ," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of unbelief

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unbelief

formal : lack of religious belief

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to fake an opponent out of position

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