Definitions

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

  • n. Lack of belief or faith, especially in religious matters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An absence (or rejection) of belief, especially religious belief

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The withholding of belief; doubt; incredulity; skepticism.
  • n. Disbelief; especially, disbelief of divine revelation, or in a divine providence or scheme of redemption.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Incredulity; the withholding of belief; disbelief; especially, disbelief of divine revelation.
  • n. Disbelief of the truth of the gospel; distrust of God's promises and faithfulness, etc. Mat. xiii. 58; Mark vi. 6; Heb. iii. 12.

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

  • n. a rejection of belief

Etymologies

From un- +‎ belief. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are times when the word unbelief is used to describe the doubts of those who are definitely believers but only when they are at a stage of doubting which is rationally inexcusable and well on the way to becoming full-grown unbelief e.g.

    If I Really Believe, Why Do I Have These Doubts?

  • Applying this general rule to the particular case that Paul has before him, the reason why the unworthy, undeserving, ill-deserving Gentiles are called, and grafted into the church, while the greatest part of the Jews are left to perish in unbelief, is not because those Gentiles were better deserving or better disposed for such a favour, but because of God's free grace that made that difference.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • This may be logical, but it is not the truth: it seems to me that it is really distrust, incurable doubt of the future, a sense of the justice but not of the goodness of God -- in short, unbelief, which is my misfortune and my sin.

    Amiel's Journal

  • Based on a series of lectures he gave to large audiences at Tübingen in 1967, the book is evidence that he is no stranger to unbelief — that despite his strict Catholic upbringing and constant faith he knows unbelief from the inside.

    The Year of two Popes

  • Perhaps unbelief is genetic, like homosexual orientation.

    Atheist's holiday

  • Our forefathers would have laughed in unbelief and derision at such excuses.

    The Powerful Equation of Love

  • His unbelief is of a piece with his attempt to deaden his emotions and decrease his vulnerability.

    Mind the Gap

  • Students of popular religious apologetics will notice early in the book a side-kick at ‘all these people who turn up every few years with some patent simplified religion of their own’, and various hints that unbelief is ‘out of date’, ‘old-fashioned’ and so forth.

    As I Please

  • Of sin, because they believe not on me -- As all sin has its root in unbelief, so the most aggravated form of unbelief is the rejection of

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • And they also -- "Yea, and they" if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again -- This appeal to the power of God to effect the recovery of His ancient people implies the vast difficulty of it -- which all who have ever labored for the conversion of the Jews are made depressingly to feel.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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