American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another: My belief in you is as strong as ever.
- n. Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something: His explanation of what happened defies belief.
- n. Something believed or accepted as true, especially a particular tenet or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Confidence reposed in any person or thing; faith; trust: as, a child's belief in his parents.
- n. A conviction of the truth of a given proposition or an alleged fact, resting upon grounds insufficient to constitute positive knowledge. Knowledge is a state of mind which necessarily implies a corresponding state of things; belief is a state of mind merely, and does not necessarily involve a corresponding state of things. But belief is sometimes used to include the absolute conviction or certainty which accompanies knowledge.
- n. Persuasion of the truth of a proposition, but with the consciousness that the positive evidence for it is insufficient or wanting; especially, assurance of the truth of what rests chiefly or solely upon authority. In this sense, the word sometimes implies that the proposition is admitted as only probable.
- n. That which is believed; an object of belief.
- n. The whole body of tenets held by the professors of any faith.
- n. A creed; a formula embodying the essential doctrines of a religion or a church.
- n. Synonyms and Opinion, Conviction, etc. (see persuasion); credence, trust, credit, confidence. Doctrine.
- n. Mental acceptance of a claim as truth regardless of supporting or contrary empirical evidence.
- n. countable Something believed.
- n. uncountable The quality or state of believing.
- n. uncountable Religious faith.
- n. in the plural One's religious or moral convictions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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 testimony; partial or full assurance without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence.
- n. (Theol.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.
- n. The thing believed; the object of belief.
- n. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.
- n. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
- n. any cognitive content held as true
- From Middle English, from Old English lēafa. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bileve, alteration (influenced by bileven, to believe) of Old English gelēafa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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