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1 mental conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon
  • a belief in UFO's led him to relentlessly scan the nighttime skies

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2 an idea that is believed to be true or valid without positive knowledge
  • it's my belief that the sky is blue because our eyes perceive the color blue easily

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How is the word belief different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of belief are credence, credit, and faith. While all these words mean "assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance," belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer.

my belief that I had caught all the errors

When is credence a more appropriate choice than belief?

While in some cases nearly identical to belief, credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent.

a theory now given credence by scientists

When can credit be used instead of belief?

Although the words credit and belief have much in common, credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof.

gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

In what contexts can faith take the place of belief?

While the synonyms faith and belief are close in meaning, faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof.

an unshakable faith in God

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The first known use of belief was in the 12th century

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“Belief.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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