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be·lief

 (bĭ-lēf′)
n.
1. The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another: My belief in you is as strong as ever.
2. Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something: His explanation of what happened defies belief.
3. Something believed or accepted as true, especially a particular tenet or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons.

[Middle English bileve, alteration (influenced by bileven, to believe) of Old English gelēafa; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: belief, credence, credit, faith
These nouns denote mental acceptance of the truth, actuality, or validity of something: a statement unworthy of belief; an idea steadily gaining credence; expert testimony meriting credit; has no faith in the poorly collected data. See Also Synonyms at view.
Antonym: disbelief

belief

(bɪˈliːf)
n
1. a principle, proposition, idea, etc, accepted as true
2. opinion; conviction
3. religious faith
4. trust or confidence, as in a person or a person's abilities, probity, etc

be•lief

(bɪˈlif)

n.
1. something believed; opinion; conviction.
2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.
3. confidence; faith; trust: children's belief in parents.
4. a religious creed or faith.
[1150–1200; Middle English bileve]

Belief

 

See Also: GOVERNMENT, MORALITY, POLITICS, RELIGION

  1. Belief is as necessary to the soul as pleasures are necessary to the body —Elsa Schiaparelli
  2. Belief, light as a drum rattle, touches us —A. R. Ammons
  3. Communism is like Prohibition, it’s a good idea but it won’t work —Will Rogers
  4. Conservatives, like embalmers, would keep intact the forms from which the vital principle has fled —John Lancaster Spalding
  5. Convictions … the deeper you went the filmier the convictions got, until they were like an underwater picture, shifting, dreamy, out of focus —Wilfrid Sheed
  6. Facism would sprout to life like a flower through a coffin’s cracks, watered by the excreta of the dead —Dylan Thomas
  7. Faith is like a lily lifted high and white —Christina Georgina Rossetti
  8. Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope —Herman Melville
  9. Faith … stronger than a bank vault —Jimmy Breslin
  10. His religious ethics fell like drowned fences —Graham Masterson
  11. Ideals are like comets, revisit the earth periodically after long cycles of years —always excepting the enormous ideas that so many sublime donkeys envision of themselves —Punch, 1850
  12. Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them —Carl Schurz speech, Faneuil Hall, Boston, April 18, 1859
  13. (He was fast in the clutches of his theory). It seemed to guide him like some superior being seated at the helm of his intelligence —Edith Wharton
  14. (Fanatics is a pain). It’s like talking to a rock trying to talk to a fanatic —Robert Campbell
  15. Living up to ideals is like doing everyday work with your Sunday clothes on —Ed Howe
  16. Love of country is like love of woman ... he loves her best who seeks to bestow on her the highest good —Felix Adler
  17. A man’s ideal, like his horizon, is constantly receding from him as he advances toward it —W.G.T. Shedd
  18. (Like many another big boss,) nationalism is largely bogus … like a bunch of flowers made out of plastics —J. B. Priestly
  19. One by one, like leaves from a tree, all my faiths have forsaken me —Sara Teasdale
  20. Our dogmas have been greatly enlarged to make them fit in with all sorts of necessities, so that they are like a patched coat, well-worn, and comfortable to wear. Our religion is as variegated as a Harlequin’s dress —Anatole France
  21. Patriotism is a kind of religion: it is the egg from which wars are hatched —Guy de Maupassant
  22. Patriotism is as fierce as a fever, pitiless as the grave, blind as a stone and irrational as a headless man —Ambrose Bierce
  23. (I think) patriotism is like charity —it begins at home —Henry James
  24. Principles are like mountains; they rise very near heaven, but when they stand in our way, we drive a tunnel through them —Cardinal Rampolla
  25. Skepticism [in preference to superstition] … it seems to be like a choice between lunacy and idiocy, -death by fire-or by water —Henry James, letter to Thomas Sergeant Perry, November 1, 1863
  26. The theory towered up … like some high landmark by which travelers shape their course —Edith Wharton
  27. We naturally lose illusions as we get older, like teeth —Sydney Smith
  28. A wise conviction is like light —Sir Arthur Helps
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belief - any cognitive content held as true
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
conviction, strong belief, article of faith - an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence
faith, trust - complete confidence in a person or plan etc; "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
philosophy - any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation; "self-indulgence was his only philosophy"; "my father's philosophy of child-rearing was to let mother do it"
expectation, outlook, prospect - belief about (or mental picture of) the future
fetichism, fetishism - a belief in the magical power of fetishes (or the worship of a fetish)
geneticism - the belief that all human characteristics are determined genetically
meliorism - the belief that the world can be made better by human effort
opinion, persuasion, sentiment, thought, view - a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "I am not of your persuasion"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
autotelism - belief that a work of art is an end in itself or its own justification
originalism - the belief that the United States Constitution should be interpreted in the way the authors originally intended it
pacificism, pacifism - the belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
popular opinion, public opinion, vox populi, opinion - a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people; "he asked for a poll of public opinion"
revolutionism - a belief in the spread of revolutionary principles
sacerdotalism - a belief that priests can act as mediators between human beings and God
spiritualism - the belief that the spirits of dead people can communicate with people who are still alive (especially via a medium)
spiritual domain, spiritual world, unseen - a belief that there is a realm controlled by a divine spirit
suffragism - the belief that the right to vote should be extended (as to women)
supernaturalism - a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding
superstition, superstitious notion - an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear
supremacism - the belief that some particular group or race is superior to all others; "white supremacism"
theory - a belief that can guide behavior; "the architect has a theory that more is less"; "they killed him on the theory that dead men tell no tales"
theosophism - belief in theosophy
thought - the organized beliefs of a period or group or individual; "19th century thought"; "Darwinian thought"
totemism - belief in the kinship of a group of people with a common totem
tribalism - the beliefs of a tribal society
values - beliefs of a person or social group in which they have an emotional investment (either for or against something); "he has very conservatives values"
vampirism - belief in the existence of vampires
individualism - a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
spiritual being, supernatural being - an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events
unbelief, disbelief - a rejection of belief
2.belief - a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
presence - the impression that something is present; "he felt the presence of an evil force"
effect - an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived); "he just did it for effect"
first blush - at the first glimpse or impression; "at first blush the idea possesses considerable intuitive appeal but on closer examination it fails"
hunch, suspicion, intuition - an impression that something might be the case; "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"

belief

noun
2. faith, principles, doctrine, ideology, creed, dogma, tenet, credence, credo He refuses to compete on Sundays because of his religious beliefs.
3. opinion, feeling, idea, view, theory, impression, assessment, notion, judgment, point of view, sentiment, persuasion, presumption It is my belief that a common ground can be found.

belief

noun
1. Absolute certainty in the trustworthiness of another:
2. Mental acceptance of the truth or actuality of something:
3. Something believed or accepted as true by a person:
Translations
إيماناِعْتِقَادتَصْديق، ثِقَـهعقيدة
víradůvěrapřesvědčení
trolære
lootususkveendumus
luottamususkouskomus
vjerovanje
hit
tiltrú, trausttrú, átrúnaîur
信頼
믿음
verazaupanje
övertygelsetro
ความเชื่อมั่น
lòng tin

belief

[bɪˈliːf] N
1. (= tenet, doctrine) → creencia f; (= trust) → confianza f; (= opinion) → opinión f
contrary to popular beliefal contrario de lo que muchos creen ...
a man of strong beliefsun hombre de firmes convicciones
to the best of my beliefsegún mi leal saber y entender
it is my belief thatestoy convencido de que ...
I did it in the belief thatlo hice creyendo que ...
it's beyond beliefes increíble (that que) wealthy beyond beliefde una fortuna increíble
2. (no pl) (= faith) → fe f
his belief in Godsu fe en Dios

belief

[bɪˈliːf] n
(= opinion) → conviction f
it is my belief that ... → je suis convaincu que ...
(= trust, faith) → foi f
(= acceptance as true) → croyance f
beyond belief adv (= incredibly) → incroyablement; adjincroyable
in the belief that (= believing that) → persuadé(e) que
contrary to popular belief → contrairement aux idées reçues

belief

n
Glaube m (→ in an +acc); it is beyond beliefes ist unglaublich or nicht zu glauben; a statement unworthy of your belief (form)eine Aussage, der Sie keinen Glauben schenken sollten
(Rel: = faith) → Glaube m; (= doctrine)(Glaubens)lehre f
(= convinced opinion)Überzeugung f, → Glaube m no pl; what are the beliefs of the average citizen today?woran glaubt der heutige Durchschnittsbürger?; in the belief that …im Glauben, dass …; acting in this beliefin gutem Glauben, im guten Glauben; it is my belief that …ich bin der Überzeugung, dass …; it is one of my beliefs that …es ist meine Überzeugung, dass …; yes, that is my beliefich glaube schon; to the best of my beliefmeines Wissens
no pl (= trust)Glaube m (→ in an +acc); to have belief inglauben an (+acc)

belief

[bɪˈliːf] n (faith) → fede f; (trust) → fiducia; (tenet, doctrine, opinion) → convinzione f, opinione f; (acceptance as true) → credenza
belief in God → fede in Dio
it's a belief held by all Christians → è credenza comune a tutti i cristiani
it's beyond belief → è incredibile
rich beyond belief → incredibilmente ricco/a
a man of strong beliefs → un uomo dalle ferme convinzioni
it is my belief that → sono convinto che
in the belief that → nella convinzione che

believe

(biˈliːv) verb
1. to regard (something) as true. I believe his story.
2. to trust (a person), accepting what he says as true. I believe you.
3. to think (that). I believe he's ill.
beˈlievable adjective
beˈlief (-f) noun
1. faith or trust. I have no belief in his ability.
2. (often in plural) something believed. Christian beliefs.
beˈliever noun
a person who has (especially religious) beliefs. a true believer.
believe in
to accept the existence or recognize the value of (something). Do you believe in ghosts?; He believes in capital punishment.

belief

اِعْتِقَاد víra tro Glaube πεποίθηση creencia uskomus croyance vjerovanje fede 信頼 믿음 geloof tro przekonanie crença вера övertygelse ความเชื่อมั่น inanç lòng tin 信念

belief

n. creencia, opinión;
vt. creer, opinar.

belief

n creencia
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She was rather a favorite with `old Davis', as, of course, he was called, and it's my private belief that he would have broken his word if the indignation of one irrepressible young lady had not found vent in a hiss.
Krajiek encouraged them in the belief that in Black Hawk they would somehow be mysteriously separated from their money.
It was a fixed belief with Madame Lebrun that the conduct of the universe and all things pertaining thereto would have been manifestly of a more intelligent and higher order had not Monsieur Lebrun been removed to other spheres during the early years of their married life.
Heyward abandoned every hope, with the belief it was the signal that they were discovered.
For various reasons, however, and from impressions often too vaguely founded to be put on paper, the writer cherishes the belief that many, if not most, of the successive proprietors of this estate were troubled with doubts as to their moral right to hold it.
It is my belief, however, that had I attempted a different order of composition, my faculties would not have been found so pointless and inefficacious.
It is my belief that it made the horse mad, being tender in the mouth and so full of spirit.
To all of these things our friends would listen openmouthed--it seemed to them impossible of belief that anything so stupendous could have been devised by mortal man.
This, indeed, was a home,--home,--a word that George had never yet known a meaning for; and a belief in God, and trust in his providence, began to encircle his heart, as, with a golden cloud of protection and confidence, dark, misanthropic, pining atheistic doubts, and fierce despair, melted away before the light of a living Gospel, breathed in living faces, preached by a thousand unconscious acts of love and good will, which, like the cup of cold water given in the name of a disciple, shall never lose their reward.
She was a result of generations of training in the unexamined and unassailed belief that the law which permitted her to kill a subject when she chose was a perfectly right and righteous one.
Well, then, in my belief he is more likely to be dog than poultry.
The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief.