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English Dictionary: belief by the DICT Development Group
2 results for belief
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. any cognitive content held as true [ant: disbelief, unbelief]
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Belief \Be*lief"\, n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. gele[a0]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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