belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer.
my belief that I had caught all the errors
faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof.
an unshakable faith in God
credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent.
a theory now given credence by scientists
credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof.
gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness
Examples of faith in a Sentence
NounFaith without doubt leads to moral arrogance, the eternal pratfall of the religiously convinced.—Joe Klein, Time, 17 May 2004Nick wiped at the moustache of sweat droplets that was as much a part of his face as his eyes and nose and gave a shrug that indicated a certain lack of faith in our judgment.—Tom Perrotta, Joe College, 2000But while no one with a grain of sense trusted Miss Stephanie, Jem and I had considerable faith in Miss Maudie. She had never told on us, had never played cat-and-mouse with us, she was not at all interested in our private lives. She was our friend.—Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
His supporters have accepted his claims with blind faith.
Our faith in the government has been badly shaken by the recent scandals.
Lending him the money to start his own business was an act of faith.
It requires a giant leap of faith for us to believe that she is telling the truth.
Nothing is more important to her than her faith in God.
She says that her faith has given her the courage to deal with this tragedy. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Symbolizing the victory of light over darkness, Diwali is an annual festival that, while Hindu, is also celebrated across faiths, including by Sikhs and Jains, who live mostly in western India.—Sammy Westfall, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 Analysts like El-Erian criticize the Federal Reserve for blunders that eroded market faith in its ability to navigate economic challenges.—Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 Bradley Iger As in the standard car, there's a sense that Nissan is putting a lot of faith in the Z Nismo's undeniable curb appeal to convince enthusiasts to ignore viable alternatives in the segment.—Bradley Iger, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2023 Merchants and adventurers returned with new kinds of goods, but also with new kinds of ideas: of art, of architecture, of ideology, of faith.—Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 No Muslim before the 20th century would have belittled his faith’s sacred text by regarding it as a political manifesto.—Ed Husain, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023 Sam truly used her faith and activism to create a better place for everyone.—Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 8 Nov. 2023 Still a practicing Catholic despite her very public disagreements with its doctrine, especially regarding women, McDermott approaches religion on the page not as a political lightning rod but as a source of faith and integrity.—Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Pastor Kim is motivated by Christian faith and personal history.—Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023
Faith that not only is Oakland the best place for the A’s, but also faith that Fisher and Kaval will botch this.—Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 June 2023 See More
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Middle English feith, fei, borrowed from Anglo-French feit, feid, fei, going back to Latin fidēs "trust, guarantee, proof, sincerity, loyalty, belief," going back to *bhid-ēi-, noun derivative from zero-grade of an Indo-European verbal base *bhei̯dh- "entrust, trust," whence Latin fīdere "to trust (in), have confidence (in)," fīdus "faithful," Greek peíthesthai "to obey, comply with, believe," peíthein "to persuade, prevail upon," Albanian be "oath," and probably Old Church Slavic běždǫ, běditi "to compel, constrain," běda "distress, need"
The English word is an early loan from medieval French, first attested in a homily fragment from the 12th century (see feþ in Dictionary of Old English); it appears to preserve the final interdental fricative generally lost in early Old French—a loss reflected in the more common Anglo-French form fei (also loaned into Middle English—see fay entry 2). Indo-European *bhei̯dh- is also usually claimed to be the source of Germanic *bīðan- "to wait" (see bide).