American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Refusal or reluctance to believe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Positive unbelief; the conviction that a proposition or statement for which credence is demanded is not true.
- n. A negation or denial of the truth of some particular thing.
- n. Synonyms Disbelief, Unbelief, incredulity, distrust, skepticism, infidelity. Disbelief is more commonly used to express an active mental opposition which does not imply a blameworthy disregard of evidence. Unbelief may be a simple failure to believe from lack of evidence or knowledge; but its theological use has given it also the force of wilful opposition to the truth.
- n. Unpreparedness, unwillingness, or inability to believe that something is the case.
- n. astonishment
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of disbelieving;; a state of the mind in which one is fully persuaded that an opinion, assertion, or doctrine is not true; refusal of assent, credit, or credence; denial of belief.
- n. doubt about the truth of something
- n. a rejection of belief
- dis- + belief (Wiktionary)
“In the Quran, the opposite of being grateful is defined by the term disbelief, which is synonymous to being ungrateful.”
“But what leaves me sputtering in disbelief is that this unfathomably cynical attempt to subvert even the possibility of independent, truth-seeking media is being so abjectly, so supinely accepted.”
“[Shakes head in disbelief at the stupidity of so called "intelligent" people]”
“Watching the latest batch of fly-on-the-wall police programmes this week, my family sat in disbelief listening to the narration at the end of the show - you know the part where the voice comes on and tells the audience what punishments the dastardly criminals received who were seen arrested during the show.”
“Just sat here in disbelief at Sir Stuart Bell on Channel 4 and the expense claim debarcle.”
“Before you shake your head and cry out in disbelief, check out what Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins have to say about the PennY Arcade Reality TV Show.”
“Step back and stare in disbelief that you're actually done.”
“To me a lot seem racist because they like to say Obama's middle name like people are going to fall on the floor in disbelief because they didn't know.”
“The moment she saw the car carrying her teenage son's body, she ran inside the house in disbelief, trying to avoid the sight.”
“He then takes a fake trip to see Lee, where he comes back telling them snippets of the original conversation, while a knowing Joan rolls her eyes at him, in disbelief and embarrassed by his lies.”
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