Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
  • n. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief, trust.
  • n. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.
  • n. Christianity The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.
  • n. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.
  • n. A set of principles or beliefs.
  • idiom in faith Indeed; truly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A feeling, conviction, or belief that something is true or real, without having evidence.
  • n. A religious belief system.
  • n. An obligation of loyalty or fidelity and the observance of such an obligation.
  • n. A trust or confidence in the intentions or abilities of a person, object, or ideal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony.
  • n. The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth.
  • n.
  • n. The belief in the historic truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith.
  • n. The belief in the facts and truth of the Scriptures, with a practical love of them; especially, that confiding and affectionate belief in the person and work of Christ, which affects the character and life, and makes a man a true Christian, -- called a practical, evangelical, or saving faith.
  • n. That which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; especially (Theol.), a system of religious belief of any kind; ; also, the creed or belief of a Christian society or church.
  • n. Fidelity to one's promises, or allegiance to duty, or to a person honored and beloved; loyalty.
  • n. Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity.
  • n. Credibility or truth.
  • interj. By my faith; in truth; verily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To believe; credit.
  • By my faith; in truth; indeed.
  • n. The assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition or statement for which there is not complete evidence; belief in general.
  • n. Specifically Firm belief based upon confidence in the authority and veracity of another, rather than upon one's own knowledge, reason, or judgment; earnest and trustful confidence: as, to have faith in the testimony of a witness; to have faith in a friend.
  • n. In a more restricted sense: In theology, spiritual perception of the invisible objects of religious veneration; a belief founded on such spiritual perception.
  • n. Belief or confidence in a person, founded upon a perception of his moral excellence: as, faith in Christ.
  • n. Intuitive belief.
  • n. The doctrines or articles which are the subjects of belief, especially of religious belief; a creed; a system of religion; specifically, the Christian religion. See confession of faith, under confession, 3.
  • n. Recognition of and allegiance to the obligations of morals and honor; adherence to the laws of right and wrong, especially in fulfilling one's promise; faithfulness; fidelity; loyalty.
  • n. Fidelity expressed in a promise or pledge; a pledge given.
  • n. Credibility; truth.
  • n. [This phrase is often reduced to i' faith, or faith: see faith, interj.]
  • n. Tenets, dogmas, religion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
  • n. complete confidence in a person or plan etc
  • n. loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person
  • n. an institution to express belief in a divine power

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman fed, from Latin fidēs; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
12th century, from Middle English feith, from Old French feid, from Latin fidēs ("faith, belief, trust") (whence also English fidelity), from fīdō ("trust, confide in"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰidʰ-, zero-grade of Proto-Indo-European *bʰeydʰ- (“to command, to persuade, to trust”) (whence also English bide). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The political instability has also undermined investors 'faith in our economy — faith we can ill-afford to lose.

    Democracy Is the Only Solution in Madagascar

  • There is more involved than simply defending the role of faith in education – and unless 'faith schools 'show a keener than average awareness of some of the issues discussed above, they will be failing in a central aspect of their duty.

    Full text of the Good Childhood Report afterword

  • We speak a great deal in Europe about 'faith-based' education, 'faith schools 'and so on.

    Archbishop - Education based only on reason is incomplete

  • "Turn the other cheek" is at the core of the red states 'faith, and though I guess it's buried pretty deep right now (I have a lot things buried deep in me too,) there's this concept in the Christian faith called the resurrection.

    Stephen Gyllenhaal: The Day After 9/11

  • All of this -- the ''gut'' and ''instincts,'' the certainty and religiosity -connects to a single word, ''faith,'' and faith asserts its hold ever more on debates in this country and abroad.

    Archive 2004-10-01

  • RESTON: Yes, well, I always wished I'd had my parents 'faith, but my parents thought of death as a reward, that we were on this earth for a brief span during which we should have faith in the Lord and raise our children, and when our days were over and we had finished our work, we would be rewarded by everlasting life.

    Deadline: A Memoir

  • And though some reverend brethren are for admitting their children to baptism (and offended with me for contradicting it), yet so cannot I, nor shall I dare to do it upon any pretences of their ancestors 'faith, or of a dogmatical faith of these rebellious parents.

    The Reformed Pastor

  • _But your faith is not my faith_, David, who was to be called Daoud, thought, not daring to speak, _and your enemies are not my enemies_.

    The Saracen: Land of the Infidel

  • But He confers His boon to faith and 'faith cometh by _hearing_. '

    The First Soprano

  • But the faith through which we are cleansed from sin is not _lifeless faith, _ which can exist even with sin, but _faith living_ through charity; that thus Christ's Passion may be applied to us, not only as to our minds, but also as to our hearts.

    Summa Theologica, Part III (Tertia Pars) From the Complete American Edition

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  • See truth for citation including faith.

    September 14, 2008

  • "She's like this cleavagey slutbomb walking around going, 'Ooh, check me out. I'm wicked cool. I'm five-by-five"
    -Willow, about Faith, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4

    December 20, 2007