- 1Belief in or acceptance of something as true: psychoanalysis finds little credence among laymenMore example sentences
- That's a problem, because the credentials of professionals lend credence to their beliefs, however outrageous.
- Because Bahamian society is small, insular and closed, it is possible for certain ideas to circulate, gain credence and become accepted as fact.
- But seriously, there is credence in the belief that we fear what we do not know.
- 1.1The likelihood of something being true; plausibility: being called upon by the media as an expert lends credence to one’s opinionsMore example sentences
- The very fact that I visit this site and read these articles lends credence to the assumption that I do find useful and true ideas here.
- It almost lends credence to the prosecution's case.
- The record of systemic abuse of the program lends credence to claims that the oil-ministry list is genuine and should be investigated.
- 2 [usually as modifier] A small side table, shelf, or niche in a church for holding the elements of the Eucharist before they are consecrated: a credence tableMore example sentences
- I took the finger towel and glass cruets of water and wine to the credence table at the right of the altar and put out the bell on the step where I would be kneeling at the consecration.
give credence to
- Accept as true.More example sentences
- These are recipes that experts give credence to and experiments show work.
- He was ‘most surprised that it would attack another dog’ but had to give credence to what had been said.
- But by your logic, we shouldn't give credence to atomic theory (we cannot observe atoms), either.
Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent- 'believing', from the verb credere.