Definition of credence in English:


Line breaks: cre|dence
Pronunciation: /ˈkriːd(ə)ns


  • 1 [mass noun] Belief in or acceptance of something as true: psychoanalysis finds little credence among laymen
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    • 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.
    acceptance, belief, faith, trust, confidence, reliance, traction
  • 1.1The likelihood of something being true; plausibility: being called upon by the media as an expert lends credence to one’s opinions
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    • 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 table
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    • 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.


Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent- 'believing', from the verb credere.

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