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Definition of unbelief

: incredulity or skepticism especially in matters of religious faith

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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 His Dark Materials is a kind of romance of unbelief. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Can Atheism Inspire Great Fantasy?," 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, "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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“Unbelief.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbelief. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbelief

formal : lack of religious belief

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