Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. Obsolete To hold a false or erroneous belief or opinion, especially in religious matters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To believe erroneously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To believe erroneously, or in a false religion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To believe erroneously.

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

  • v. hold a false or unorthodox belief

Etymologies

From mis- +‎ believe (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A spiritual life endures even when I doubt, misbelieve, or refuse to believe.

    Jon M. Sweeney: Doubt Is The Faith That Binds Us Together

  • Help and Victory for us and shame and defeat for those who misbelieve the faith of Abraham the Friend, on whom be peace! —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It is easy to misbelieve that the problem has been sorted, when along comes a paper saying that strontium affects the instrument too, but nobody had suspected it.

    The USHCN Basketball Team « Climate Audit

  • Ahh, yes…I misbelieve the misinformation being mispoken in order to misconstrue the misbehavior of these mis..erable miscreants.

    Firedoglake » Word of the Day: “Misrecollected”

  • Dear, dear sweetheart, I have been thinking & examining, & searching & analyzing, for many days, & am vexed to find that I more believe in the immortality of the soul than misbelieve in it.53

    Mark Twain

  • And when ye meet those who misbelieve—then striking off heads until ye have massacred them, and bind fast the bonds!

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • But as for those who misbelieve—confound them! and He will make their works go wrong.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • Verily, God causes those who believe and do right to enter into gardens beneath which rivers flow; but those who misbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as the cattle eat; but the fire is the resort for them!

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • That is because those who misbelieve follow falsehood, and those who believe follow the truth from their Lord.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

  • Those who misbelieve say, ‘Why has not a sûrah been revealed?’ but when a decisive sûrah is revealed and fighting is mentioned therein, thou mayest see those in whose heart is sickness looking towards thee with the look of one fainting in death.

    The Early Middle Ages 500-1000

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