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intr.v. mis·be·lieved, mis·be·liev·ing, mis·be·lieves
Archaic To hold a false or erroneous belief or opinion, especially in religious matters.
1. Archaic To believe falsely or erroneously in (a doctrine or opinion, for example).
2. To refuse to believe; disbelieve.

mis′be·liev′er n.
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to suppose wrongly that something is the case
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Verb1.misbelieve - hold a false or unorthodox beliefmisbelieve - hold a false or unorthodox belief  
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"
believe - follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; "When you hear his sermons, you will be able to believe, too"
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The years would pass and he would always mistrust her smile, suspect her eyes; he would always misbelieve her voice, he would never have faith in her silence.
(2002) also found in her study that low quality of teaching input also led the students to misbelieve that they were not capable of learning to speak English.
For Chiragh 'Ali, changes were not prevented and there was no legal or religious authority for such an orthodox belief, 'or rather misbelieve', nor could it be binding on Muslims in general:
Yet when the individual or whole nation suffers the belated consequences of that sin, the prophets preach grace and mercy, a joyful message the people also typically misbelieve and fail to grasp fully.
Many older smokers misbelieve that they are too old to quit or too old to benefit from quitting."
Did BWS cause her to misperceive and misbelieve that the police and the courts would do nothing to aid her, when, in fact, they might have, had she tried those options?
In his treatment of Byron, Paley brilliantly examines Byron's satirical response to the "millennial vision" when "explicitly stated" and "all too plainly" displayed "uncloaked by allegory." "This Man is the kind of Poet," Byron writes of Wordsworth in his prose preface to Don Juan, who, in the same manner that Joanna Southcote found many thousand people to take her Dropsy for God Almighty re-impregnated, has found some hundreds of persons to misbelieve in her insanities, and hold him out as a kind of poetical Emanuel Swedenborg [Blake?]--a Richard Brothers--a parson Tozer--half Enthusiast and half Imposter.