Belief

  • 1 Belief — is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true. [Citation last = Schwitzgebel first = Eric editor last = Zalta editor first = Edward contribution = Belief title = The Stanford Encyclopedia of… …

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  • 2 Belief — • That state of the mind by which it assents to propositions, not by reason of their intrinsic evidence, but because of authority Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Belief     Belief …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 3 belief — be·lief n: a degree of conviction of the truth of something esp. based on a consideration or examination of the evidence compare knowledge, suspicion Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 belief — 1 Belief, faith, credence, credit are comparable when they mean the act of one who assents intellectually to something proposed or offered for acceptance as true or the state of mind of one who so assents. Belief is less restricted in its… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 Belief — Be*lief , n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. gele[ a]fa. See {Believe}.] 1. Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 belief — (n.) late 12c., bileave, replacing O.E. geleafa belief, faith, from W.Gmc. *ga laubon to hold dear, esteem, trust (Cf. O.S. gilobo, M.Du. gelove, O.H.G. giloubo, Ger. Glaube), from *galaub dear, esteemed, from intensive prefix *ga + *leubh …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 belief — ► NOUN 1) a feeling that something exists or is true, especially one without proof. 2) a firmly held opinion. 3) (belief in) trust or confidence in. 4) religious faith. ● beyond belief Cf. ↑beyond belief …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 belief — [bə lēf′, bēlēf′] n. [ME bileve < bi , BE + leve, contr. < ileve < OE geleafa: see BELIEVE] 1. the state of believing; conviction or acceptance that certain things are true or real 2. faith, esp. religious faith 3. trust or confidence [I …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 belief — [n1] putting regard in as true acceptance, admission, assent, assumption, assurance, avowal, axiom, certainty, conclusion, confidence, conjecture, conviction, credence, credit, deduction, divination, expectation, faith, fancy, feeling, guess,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 BELIEF — The Bible In the Bible there are no articles of faith or dogmas in the Christian or Islamic sense of the terms. Although trust in God is regarded as a paramount religious virtue (Gen. 15:6; Isa. 7:9; cf. Job 2:9), there is nowhere in Scripture an …

    Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 11 belief — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ absolute, deep seated, deeply held, fervent, firm, passionate, profound, strong, strongly held, unshakable, unwavering …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 belief — be|lief W2S3 [bıˈli:f] n [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: Probably from Old English geleafa belief , from leafa belief, faith ; influenced by believe] 1.) [singular, U] the feeling that something is definitely true or definitely exists belief in ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 belief — be|lief [ bı lif ] noun *** count or uncount a strong feeling that something is true or real: CONVICTION: This theory goes against the beliefs of most current political thinkers. belief in: a belief in the existence of UFOs belief that: the… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 belief — n. 1) to express; hold a belief 2) to shake one s belief 3) to give up, relinquish one s belief 4) a basic; doctrinaire; erroneous, false, mistaken; firm, strong, unshakable; popular; prevalent; unpopular belief 5) a belief in (nothing will shake …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 Belief — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Belief >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 belief belief Sgm: N 1 credence credence Sgm: N 1 credit credit Sgm: N 1 assurance assurance Sgm: N 1 faith faith trust troth …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 belief */*/*/ — UK [bɪˈliːf] / US [bɪˈlɪf] noun Word forms belief : singular belief plural beliefs [countable/uncountable] a strong feeling that something is true or real This theory goes against the beliefs of most current political thinkers. belief in: a… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 belief — /bi li:f/ noun 1 (singular, uncountable) the feeling that something is definitely true or definitely exists: religious belief (+ in): a belief in God (+ that): a growing belief that war had become inevitable | it is sb s belief that: It is my… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 belief — /bi leef /, n. 1. something believed; an opinion or conviction: a belief that the earth is flat. 2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy of belief. 3. confidence;… …

    Universalium

  • 19 belief — [[t]bɪli͟ːf[/t]] ♦♦♦ beliefs 1) N UNCOUNT: usu N in n Belief is a feeling of certainty that something exists, is true, or is good. One billion people throughout the world are Muslims, united by belief in one god. ...a belief in personal liberty.… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 belief — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Faith Nouns 1. (assurance of truth) belief, credence, credit, assurance, [good] faith, trust, troth, confidence, presumption; dependence on, reliance on. Informal, store. Slang, stock, gospel. See… …

    English dictionary for students