Synonyms & Antonyms of conviction

1 a state of mind in which one is free from doubt
  • spoke with conviction about her political beliefs

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How does the noun conviction differ from other similar words?

The words certainty and certitude are common synonyms of conviction. While all three words mean "a state of being free from doubt," conviction applies especially to belief strongly held by an individual.

holds firm convictions on every issue

How do certainty and certitude relate to one another, in the sense of conviction?

Both certainty and certitude are very close; certainty may stress the existence of objective proof.

claims that cannot be confirmed with scientific certainty

When can certitude be used instead of conviction?

While in some cases nearly identical to conviction, certitude may emphasize a faith in something not needing or not capable of proof.

believes with certitude in an afterlife

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The first known use of conviction was in the 15th century

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“Conviction.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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