credulity


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cre·du·li·ty

 (krĭ-do͞o′lĭ-tē, -dyo͞o′-)
n.
A disposition to believe too readily.

[Middle English credulite, from Old French, from Latin crēdulitās, from crēdulus, credulous; see credulous.]

credulity

(krɪˈdjuːlɪtɪ)
n
disposition to believe something on little evidence; gullibility

cre•du•li•ty

(krəˈdu lɪ ti, -ˈdyu-)

n.
willingness to believe or trust too readily; gullibility.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.credulity - tendency to believe readily
trustfulness, trustingness, trust - the trait of believing in the honesty and reliability of others; "the experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity"
overcredulity - too much credulity

credulity

noun gullibility, naïveté or naivety, blind faith, credulousness The plot stretches credulity to the limits.
Translations
سُرعَـة التَّصْديق
trúgirni
dôverčivosť

credulity

[krɪˈdjuːlɪtɪ] Ncredulidad f

credulity

[krɪˈdjuːlɪti] ncrédulité f

credulity

n no plLeichtgläubigkeit f

credulity

[krɪˈdjuːlɪtɪ] ncredulità

credulous

(ˈkredjuləs) , ((American) -dʒu-) adjective
believing too easily.
ˈcredulousness, creˈdulity (-ˈdjuː-) noun
References in classic literature ?
Those acute and long-practised senses, whose powers so often exceed the limits of all ordinary credulity, after having detected the danger, had enabled them to ascertain its magnitude and duration.
He was, in fact, an odd mixture of small shrewdness and simple credulity.
No lurking horrors were to upbraid him for his easy credulity.
Really your organs of wonder and credulity are easily excited: you seem, by the importance of you all--my good mama included--ascribe to this matter, absolutely to believe we have a genuine witch in the house, who is in close alliance with the old gentleman.
asked Mrs Cratchit, when she had rallied Bob on his credulity, and Bob had hugged his daughter to his heart's content.
But there was less equivocal testimony, which the credulity of the assembly, or of the greater part, greedily swallowed, however incredible.
I have perused several books of travels with great delight in my younger days; but having since gone over most parts of the globe, and been able to contradict many fabulous accounts from my own observation, it has given me a great disgust against this part of reading, and some indignation to see the credulity of mankind so impudently abused.
There happened during this perplexity of my affairs an accident of small consequence in itself, which yet I think deserves to be mentioned, as it shows the credulity and ignorance of the Abyssins.
Foreigners, as well as the citizens of America, could then reasonably repose confidence in its engagements; but to depend upon a government that must itself depend upon thirteen other governments for the means of fulfilling its contracts, when once its situation is clearly understood, would require a degree of credulity not often to be met with in the pecuniary transactions of mankind, and little reconcilable with the usual sharp-sightedness of avarice.
They called to mind, also, a long catalogue of foregone presentiments and predictions made at various times by the Delaware, and, in their superstitious credulity, began to consider him a veritable seer; without thinking how natural it was to predict danger, and how likely to have the prediction verified in the present instance, when various signs gave evidence of a lurking foe.
The avidity with which his anecdotes are noted down tickles his vanity, and his powers of invention increase with the credulity auditors.
M'Dougal, we are told, had recourse to a stratagem by which to avail himself of the ignorance and credulity of the savages, and which certainly does credit to his ingenuity.