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belief

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈliːf
 
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Definition of belief in English:

noun

1An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof: his belief in extraterrestrial life [with clause]: a belief that climate can be modified beneficially
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  • It has a reverence for nature, a belief that life energy exists in all things, both animate and inanimate.
  • I suppose it is a belief that even if all is lost in this life, not everything is lost.
  • The project is underpinned by a belief that all families need support at some time or another.
1.1Something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion: we’re prepared to fight for our beliefs [mass noun]: contrary to popular belief existing safety regulations were adequate
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  • I do not suffer fools gladly and I have been known to be opinionated and defend my beliefs strongly.
  • Human beings are worthy of the highest respect, but not all opinions and beliefs are worthy of respect and tolerance.
  • Language can be used to distort our beliefs and opinion of an individual.
Synonyms
1.2A religious conviction: Christian beliefs [mass noun]: the medieval system of fervent religious belief
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  • As it's quite a religious belief, many people don't believe there is an Afterlife.
  • It invoked religious beliefs not only to understand different histories but also to change it.
  • I wanted to learn more about the traditional core beliefs of Japanese religious life.
Synonyms
ideology, principle, ideal, ethic, conviction;
doctrine, teaching, dogma, tenet, canon, article of faith, credence, creed, credo, code of belief
2 (belief in) Trust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something): a belief in democratic politics
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  • In times of stress or pain many of us derive comfort from a strong and deep-rooted belief in our faith.
  • What the team is short of most of all is self confidence and belief in their own ability.
  • My strength is my confidence and belief in my ability, and the manner in which I back myself.
Synonyms
faith, trust, reliance, confidence, credence, freedom from doubt;
optimism, hopefulness, hope

Origin

Middle English: alteration of Old English gelēafa; compare with believe.

Phrases

be of the belief that

1
Hold the opinion that; think: I am firmly of the belief that we need to improve our product
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  • In the meantime, we're just firmly of the belief that if someone commits a crime in this country, they should be punished by our laws.
  • Having suffered a few nasty experiences on hockey fields, such as being obliged to play at all, she was firmly of the belief that sport ought to be actively discouraged.
  • I am firmly of the belief that this is the BEST ISSUE EVER and it's only the third one.

beyond belief

2
Astonishingly great, good, or bad; incredible: riches beyond belief
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  • His sudden death has shocked us beyond belief.
  • One I fell in love with, the other excites me beyond belief, makes me think about my life, and even talk about it.
  • It is almost beyond belief, but it appears that exactly the same thing is happening again.

in the belief that

3
Thinking or believing that: he took the property in the belief that he had consent
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  • Total strangers were hugging and kissing each other, united in the belief that 2004 was their year for glory.
  • The authorities are fully prepared to play the waiting came in the belief that sooner or later they will get their man.
  • This norm is rooted in the belief that there are no privileged sources of scientific knowledge.

to the best of my belief

4
In my genuine opinion; as far as I know: to the best of my belief Francis never made a will
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  • In the present instance I am forced to admit that the facts are, to the best of my belief, unique.
  • In the present instance I am forced to admit that the facts are, to the best of my belief, unique.
  • And this I say of my own experience, and also from report of those who, to the best of my belief, speak truly.

Words that rhyme with belief

aperitif, beef, brief, chief, enfeoff, fief, grief, interleaf, leaf, Leif, lief, Mazar-e-Sharif, misbelief, motif, naif, O'Keeffe, reef, seif, Sharif, sheaf, shereef, sportif, Tenerife, thief

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