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 ?
For the one is unbelief, the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity.
And on that account also did they tolerate your unbelief, because it was a pleasantry and a by-path for the people.
``thy superstition is upon a level with Front-de-B uf's want of faith; neither of you can render a reason for your belief or unbelief.''
But the women spoke of the fresh-killed meat he had brought on his back, and this was an overwhelming argument against their unbelief. So they finally departed, grumbling greatly that in all probability, if the thing were so, he had neglected to cut up the carcasses.
How far was I from questioning her unbelief! While the charmingly sincere young man pleaded with her-- accompanied by the orchestra in the old `Traviata' duet,
"Ah, indeed," remarked the yellow hen, in a tone of unbelief.
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."
Were we among the tamer scenes of nature I might fear to encounter your unbelief, perhaps your ridicule; but many things will appear possible in these wild and mysterious regions which would provoke the laughter of those unacquainted with the ever- varied powers of nature; nor can I doubt but that my tale conveys in its series internal evidence of the truth of the events of which it is composed."
If unsatisfied by the philosophy of his companion, the Indian was far too dignified to betray his unbelief. He listened like one who was convinced, and resumed his narrative in his former solemn manner.
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. He had no wit to trace back the social crime to its far sources-- he could not say that it was the thing men have called "the system" that was crushing him to the earth that it was the packers, his masters, who had bought up the law of the land, and had dealt out their brutal will to him from the seat of justice.
"Dear Mas'r, pray to the good Lord,--`Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief.'"