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faith

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1 belief and trust in and loyalty to God
  • a people who are known for their strong and steadfast faith

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2 a body of beliefs and practices regarding the supernatural and the worship of one or more deities
  • the city of Jerusalem is sacred to three faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism

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3 adherence to something to which one is bound by a pledge or duty
  • after they had to declare bankruptcy, the family found out how much faith their friends had

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4 firm belief in the integrity, ability, effectiveness, or genuineness of someone or something
  • never having had much faith in banks, the old miser kept his money under the mattress

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5 mental conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon
  • she has complete faith that the universe is controlled by a benevolent Supreme Being with a master plan

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Frequently Asked Questions About faith

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

Some common synonyms of faith are belief, credence, and credit. While all these words mean "assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance," faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof.

an unshakable faith in God

When can belief be used instead of faith?

While the synonyms belief and faith are close in meaning, 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 faith?

Although the words credence and faith have much in common, credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent.

a theory now given credence by scientists

When is it sensible to use credit instead of faith?

While in some cases nearly identical to faith, credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof.

gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

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The first known use of faith was in the 13th century

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“Faith.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/faith. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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