unbelief


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un·be·lief

 (ŭn′bĭ-lēf′)
n.
Lack of belief or faith, especially in religious matters.

unbelief

(ˌʌnbɪˈliːf)
n
(Theology) disbelief or rejection of belief

un•be•lief

(ˌʌn bɪˈlif)

n.
incredulity or skepticism.
[1125–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unbelief - a rejection of beliefunbelief - a rejection of belief    
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
scepticism, skepticism, agnosticism - the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge
atheism - a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
belief - any cognitive content held as true

unbelief

noun
1. atheism, scepticism, freethinking, godlessness, irreligion, paganism, heathenism, nonbelief Its purpose was to study atheism and unbelief.
2. disbelief, scepticism, incredulity, doubt, distrust, mistrust, dubiety He wore on his face an expression of amazed unbelief.
disbelief trust, belief, faith, credence, credulity
Quotations
"To choose unbelief is to choose mind over dogma, to trust in our humanity instead of all these dangerous divinities" [Salman Rushdie Imagine No Heaven]

unbelief

noun
The refusal or reluctance to believe:
Translations

unbelief

[ˈʌnbɪˈliːf] N
1. (Rel) (in general) → descreimiento m; [of person] → falta f de fe
2. (= astonishment) → incredulidad f

unbelief

[ˌʌnbɪˈliːf] nincrédulité f

unbelief

nUngläubigkeit f; in unbeliefungläubig

unbelief

[ˌʌnbɪˈliːf] nincredulità
References in classic literature ?
If unsatisfied by the philosophy of his companion, the Indian was far too dignified to betray his unbelief.
Was not Saul of Tarsus converted from unbelief by a similar fright?
These midnight hours were fateful ones to Jurgis; in them was the beginning of his rebellion, of his outlawry and his unbelief.
Why, cousin, that mother has been all that has stood between me and utter unbelief for years.
The second day he took refuge from benumbing unbelief, by getting into his loom and working away as usual; and before many hours were past, the minister and one of the deacons came to him with the message from Sarah, that she held her engagement to him at an end.
uf's want of faith; neither of you can render a reason for your belief or unbelief.
They, therefore, violently oppose all political action on the part of the working class; such action, according to them, can only result from blind unbelief in the new Gospel.
At the end of two weeks, the faction of unbelief received a vigorous blow in the sale of du Bousquier's house to the Marquis de Troisville, who only wanted a simple establishment in Alencon, intending to go to Paris after the death of the Princess Scherbellof; he proposed to await that inheritance in retirement, and then to reconstitute his estates.
Or, if you shall so prefer to choose, a new province of knowledge and new avenues to fame and power shall be laid open to you, here, in this room, upon the instant; and your sight shall be blasted by a prodigy to stagger the unbelief of Satan.
Visit, then, this soul of mine, Pierce the gloom of sin and grief-- Fill me, Radiancy Divine, Scatter all my unbelief.
Martin had done Bill's share of the chores, with unbelief in his heart.
For the one is unbelief, the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity.