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Meaning of BELIEF

Pronunciation:  bi'leef

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"
  2. [n]  any cognitive content held as true

BELIEF is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: feeling, impression, notion, opinion
 Antonyms: disbelief, unbelief
 See Also: article of faith, autotelism, cognitive content, content, conviction, doctrine, effect, expectation, faith, fetichism, fetishism, hunch, idea, individualism, intuition, ism, meliorism, mental object, originalism, outlook, pacifism, persuasion, philosophy, popular opinion, presence, prospect, public opinion, religion, religious belief, sacerdotalism, school of thought, sentiment, spiritual being, spiritual world, spiritualism, strong belief, supernatural being, supernaturalism, superstition, superstitious notion, suspicion, theory, theosophy, thought, totemism, tribalism, trust, unseen, values, view, vox populi



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Be*lief"\, n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. gele['a]fa.
See {Believe}.]
1. Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance
   of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without
   immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or
   testimony; partial or full assurance without positive
   knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction;
   confidence; as, belief of a witness; the belief of our

         Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest
         suspicion to the fullest assurance.   --Reid.

2. (Theol.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.

         No man can attain [to] belief by the bare
         contemplation of heaven and earth.    --Hooker.

3. The thing believed; the object of belief.

         Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of
         fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men. --Bacon.

4. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of
   any class of views; doctrine; creed.

         In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief
         was subject upon its first promulgation. --Hooker.

{Ultimate belief}, a first principle incapable of proof; an
   intuitive truth; an intuition. --Sir W. Hamilton.

Syn: Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.

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