Definitions of belief

  1. any cognitive content held as true
  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"
  3. 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 senses.
  4. A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.
  5. The thing believed; the object of belief.
  6. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.
  7. A collective expression for all behavior patterns acquired and socially transmitted through symbols. Culture includes customs, traditions, and language.
  8. A state or habit of mind in which one accepts as true something stated, without personal knowledge; trust; the religious doctrines considered true by any body of people; creed.
  9. Persuasion of the truth of anything: faith: the opinion or doctrine believed.
  10. Persuasion of the truth; that which is believed; faith.
  11. Acceptance of something as true; trust; conviction; assurance.
  12. That which is believed; theory; opinion; creed.
  13. A persuasion of the truth of anything; faith or persuasion in regard to religious truth; the thing believed; creed.
  14. Trust in a thing as true; credit; persuasion.

Usage examples for belief

  1. Of an object of belief we may indeed say that we know it. – Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Moore
  2. " With such a belief I- would at least treat Him with respect," said Hemstead, quietly. – From Jest to Earnest by E. P. Roe
  3. I am very much inclined to the belief that in a month or so you'll be about as good as new. – The Bells of San Juan by Jackson Gregory
  4. I will now state frankly to you our belief that these two ladies are fully entitled to the names which they claim to bear; and I will add to that statement a stronger assurance of my own personal conviction and that of my client that they themselves are fully assured of the truth and justice of their demand. – Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
  5. A belief is held to be true when it is " found to work." – Personality in Literature by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
  6. The confidence of the Romans in themselves was intimately connected with their belief in their origin. – The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by W. Y. Sellar
  7. Ali rapidly told him of his belief and the lieutenant frowned. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  8. The old discipline and the old training were based on the belief that children like to do wrong better than to do right. – Dickens As an Educator by James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
  9. She had a desperate belief in her beauty. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  10. To the best of my belief I have never heard your name before. – Afterwards by Kathlyn Rhodes
  11. The Pastor expressed his belief that the power and presence of the Saviour had been evidently felt among us. – Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel by John Yeardley
  12. I have no belief in myself left at all. – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  13. " She wouldn't let you spend so much without your mother's consent, and it's my belief Mademoiselle wouldn't take it if she did. – Pixie O'Shaughnessy by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  14. Charmian loved him almost for expressing her secret belief – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  15. To the best of my belief he is not married. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  16. He is a person worthy of belief – Miscellanies upon Various Subjects by John Aubrey
  17. My belief in you was one of the last left to me, and now I see that there is nothing left to believe in this earth. – The Thirteen by Honore de Balzac
  18. Just before her death, my wife asked me to do what I could to put right the wrong that she had done, and I sign this account of what she told me, and of what happened afterwards within my knowledge, in the firm belief that she would have wished me to do it.... – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  19. She thought he was beginning to love her, and that belief made her happy. – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  20. He still held to the belief that a railroad to San Diego would surely be built at some future day, but had ceased hoping to see that day. – The Squatter and the Don by C. Loyal