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a. Acceptance as true or valid; belief: I wouldn't put too much credence in that story. See Synonyms at belief.
b. Credibility; plausibility: "A number of other details ... lend credence to her account" (Jane Mayer).
2. Recommendation; credentials: a letter of credence.
3. A small table or shelf for holding the bread, wine, and vessels of the Eucharist when they are not in use at the altar.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin crēdentia, from Latin crēdēns, crēdent-, present participle of crēdere, to believe; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I cannot give credence to his account.
2. something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
3. (Furniture) short for credence table
[C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe]
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1. belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.
2. something that establishes a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.
3. Also called cre′dence ta`ble, credenza. a small side table for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin crēdentia]
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Credenceof sewers, 1486 [from sewer‘a servant in charge of serving fingerbowls at the table‘].
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|Noun||1.||credence - the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true; "he gave credence to the gossip"; "acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for 200 years"|
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
fatalism - a submissive mental attitude resulting from acceptance of the doctrine that everything that happens is predetermined and inevitable
recognition - an acceptance (as of a claim) as true and valid; "the recognition of the Rio Grande as a boundary between Mexico and the United States"
|2.||credence - a kind of sideboard or buffet|
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1. credibility, credit, plausibility, believability Further studies are needed to lend credence to this notion.
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credence[ˈkriːdəns] N to give credence to → dar crédito a
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credence[ˈkriːdəns] n → croyance f, foi f
to give credence to sth (= believe) → ajouter foi à qch
to lend credence to sth, to give credence to sth (= support) → rendre qch plus crédible
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
no pl (= belief) → Glaube m; to lend credence to something → etw glaubwürdig erscheinen lassen or machen; worthy of credence → glaubwürdig; to give or attach credence to something → einer Sache (dat) → Glauben schenken; letter of credence → Beglaubigungsschreiben nt
(Eccl: also credence table) → Kredenz f
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