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belief Explained

belief at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

[bı'li:f]

belief at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1175, replaced O.E. geleafa, from W.Gmc. *ga-laubon (cf. O.S. gilobo, M.Du. gelove, O.H.G. giloubo, Ger. glaube), from *galaub- "dear, esteemed." The prefix was altered on analogy of the verb. The distinction of the final consonant from that of believe developed 15c. Belief used to mean "trust in God," while faith meant "loyalty to a person based on promise or duty" (a sense preserved in keep one's faith, in good (or bad) faith and in common usage of faithful, faithless, which contain no notion of divinity). But faith, as cognate of L. fides, took on the religious sense beginning in 14c. translations, and belief had by 16c. become limited to "mental acceptance of something as true," from the religious use in the sense of "things held to be true as a matter of religious doctrine" (c.1225). ///

belief at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

W2S3 n [Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Probably from Old English geleafa 'belief', from leafa 'belief, faith'; influenced by believe]//
1 [singular, U] the feeling that something is definitely true or definitely exists: belief in// -- a strong belief in God // belief that// -- his passionate belief that technology is a tool to be used with imagination // -- It is my belief that we will find a cure for cancer in the next ten years.// -- Thieves broke into the building in the mistaken belief that there was expensive computer equipment inside. // -- It is a widely held belief that violent crime is increasing. // -- a strongly held belief that stealing is wrong // --a growing belief that war was inevitable// -- Contrary to popular belief , eating carrots does not improve your eyesight.//
2 [singular] the feeling that something is good and can be trusted: belief in// --If you're selling, you have to have genuine belief in the product.// --When you get something wrong, it can shake your belief in yourself.//
3 [C] an idea that you believe to be true, especially one that forms part of a system of ideas: --religious beliefs// --Several members hold very right-wing beliefs .//
4 beyond belief: used to emphasize that something is so extreme that it is difficult to believe// --What she did was stupid beyond belief.// it beggars belief at beggar2 (1), to the best of your belief at best3 (4), disbelief, unbelief// ----------// COLLOCATES for sense 1 // a strong/firm belief // a sincere/passionate belief // it is somebody's belief that // a mistaken/false belief // a widespread/common/widely held belief (=something that many people think) // a deeply held/strongly held belief (=something you believe very much) // a growing belief // popular belief (=what most people think) // contrary to popular belief (=despite what most people think) // ----------//

belief at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

73 Moby Thesaurus words for "belief":
a belief, acceptance, acquiescence, arrogance, article of faith,
assent, assurance, assuredness, axiom, canon, certainty, certitude,
cocksureness, concept, confidence, confidentness, conviction,
courage, credence, credibility, credit, credo, creed, dependence,
doctrine, dogma, eye, faith, feeling, fundamental, hubris, idea,
intuition, judgement, law, maxim, mind, opinion, orthodoxy,
overconfidence, oversureness, overweening, overweeningness,
persuasion, poise, pomposity, positiveness, precept, pride,
principle, principles, reliance, religion, religious belief,
religious faith, security, self-assurance, self-confidence,
self-importance, self-reliance, sentiment, settled belief,
subjective certainty, sureness, surety, system of beliefs,
teaching, tenet, theology, tradition, trust, trustworthiness,
view

belief at Afrikaans => English Of Explained:

listic, ano

BELIEF at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

waves caused by a boat or ship moving through water; the movement of water back into the sea after a wave has hit the beachnoun
1 a part of a river away from the main part, where the water only moves slowly
2 (often disapproving) a place that is away from the places where most things happen, and is therefore not affected by events, progress, new ideas, etc:
a sleepy / quiet / rural backwater * The region became more and more of an economic backwater.noun
[pl.] a place that is away from any big towns and from the influence of modern lifenoun
1 (BrE) an area with a hard surface behind a house, often surrounded by a wall
2 (AmE) the whole area behind and belonging to a house, including an area of grass and the garden:
a backyard barbecue
see also YARD
IDIOMS
in your (own) backyard in or near the place where you live or work:
The residents didn't want a new factory in their backyard. * The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard (= from his own members).noun
[U] meat from the back or sides of a pig that has been CURED (= preserved using salt o

Belief at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Belief \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
senses.

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.

belief at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

belief
n 1: any cognitive content held as true [ant: {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" [syn: {impression},
{feeling}, {notion}, {opinion}]

belief at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Pronunciation

* Inter: IPA » /bɪˈliːf/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /bI"li:f/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-belief.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » iːf

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » enm, from Inter: etyl » ang Inter: term » leafa|lēafa|lang=ang.

    Noun

    Inter: en-nou » n

  • Mental acceptance of a claim as truth regardless of supporting or contrary empirical evidence.
    1. Inter: countabl » e Something believed.
    2. : The ancient people have a belief in many deities.
    3. Inter: uncountabl » e The quality or state of believing.
    4. : My belief that it will rain tomorrow is strong.
    5. Inter: uncountabl » e Religious faith.
    6. : She often said it was her belief that carried her through the hard times.
    7. Inter: in the plura » l One's religious or moral convictions.
    8. : I cant do that. It's against my beliefs.''

      Derived terms

      * Inter: l » en|beliefful

  • beyond belief
  • disbelief
  • self-belief
  • unbelief

    Related terms

    * believe

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » mental acceptance of a claim as truth
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|հավատ|tr=havat, Inter: t- » hy|վստահություն|tr=vstahut'yun
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|creyencia|f, Inter: t- » ast|creencia|f
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|вера|f|tr=vjéra|sc=Cyrl
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|вяра|f|tr=vjára, Inter: t+ » bg|доверие|n|tr=dovérie
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|creença|f
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|相信|tr=xiāngxìn|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|信心|tr=xìnxīn|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|víra|f
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|geloof|n
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|usk
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|usko
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|croyance|f
  • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|crenza|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Glauben|m
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|πίστη|f|tr=písti, Inter: t+ » el|πιστεύω|n|tr=pistévo
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|hit
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|kepercayaan
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|credito|m, Inter: t+ » it|credenza|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|確信|tr=かくしん, kakushin
  • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|crianche|f

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: t+ » ku|باوه‌ر, Inter: t- » ku|بروا
    • Kyrgyz: Inter: t+ » ky|ишеним, Inter: t+ » ky|ишенүү, Inter: t+ » ky|ишенич, Inter: t+ » ky|көз караш, Inter: t+ » ky|диний ишеним
    • Latvian: Inter: t+ » lv|ticība|f
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|вера|f|tr=véra|sc=Cyrl
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|przekonanie|n, Inter: t+ » pl|wiara|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|crença|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|credință
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|вера|f|tr=véra|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|доверие|n|tr=dovérije|sc=Cyrl Inter: qualifier » trust, Inter: t+ » ru|убеждение|n|tr=ubeždénije|sc=Cyrl Inter: qualifier » conviction
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beachd|m, Inter: t- » gd|barail|f
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|веровање|n / Inter: t- » sh|вјеровање|n, Inter: t- » sh|вера|f / Inter: t- » sh|вјера|f
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|verovanje|n / Inter: t- » sh|vjerovanje|n, Inter: t- » sh|vera|f / Inter: t- » sh|vjera|f
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|viera|f
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|vera|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|creencia|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|tro|c
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|віра|f|tr=víra|sc=Cyrl


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » something believed
    • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|creyencia|f, Inter: t- » ast|creencia|f
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|creença|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|信念|tr=xìnniàn|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|víra|f
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|geloof|f
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|kredo
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|usk, Inter: t- » et|uskumus
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|usko
    • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|crenza|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Glaube|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δοξασία|f|tr=doxasía, Inter: t+ » el|δόγμα|n|tr=dògma, Inter: t+ » el|πίστη|f|tr=písti
  • Interlingua: Inter: t- » ia|credentia
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|credenza|f, Inter: t+ » it|opinione|f
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|wiara|f, Inter: t+ » pl|przekonanie|n Inter: qualifier » conviction
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|crença|f
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|вера|f|tr=véra|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|убеждение|n|tr=ubeždénije|sc=Cyrl Inter: qualifier » conviction
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|вера|f / Inter: t- » sh|вјера|f
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|vera|f / Inter: t- » sh|vjera|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|tro|c
  • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|నమ్మకము|tr=nammakamu, Inter: t+ » te|విశ్వాసము|tr=viswaasamu

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » the quality or state of believing
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|вяра
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|creença|f
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|víra|f
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|geloof|f
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|usk, Inter: t- » et|lootus
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|usko, Inter: t+ » fi|luottamus
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|conviction|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Glaube|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δοξασία|f|tr=doxasía, Inter: t+ » el|δόγμα|n|tr=dògma
    • Italian: Inter: t- » it|convinzione|f


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|wiara|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|crença|f
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|convingere|f, Inter: t- » ro|convicțiune|f
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|beachd|m, Inter: t- » gd|barail|f
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|веровање|n / Inter: t- » sh|вјеровање|n
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|verovanje|n / Inter: t- » sh|vjerovanje|n
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|tro|c
  • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|నమ్మకము|tr=nammakamu, Inter: t+ » te|విశ్వాసము|tr=viswaasamu

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » religious faith
    • Arabic: Inter: t+ » ar|عقيدة
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|вяра
    • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|creença|f
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|信仰|tr=xìnyǎng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|信教|tr=xìnjiào|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|víra|f
    • Dalmatian: Inter: tø » dlm|faid|f
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|geloof|f
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|usk
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|usko
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|foi|f, Inter: t+ » fr|croyance|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Glauben|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|πίστη|f|tr=písti
    • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|keyakinan
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|fede, Inter: t+ » it|credo, Inter: t+ » it|credenza
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|信仰|tr=しんこう, shinkō


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|crianche|f
  • Khmer: Inter: t+ » km|ជំនឿ|tr=chom neur|sc=Khmr
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: t- » ku|بڕوا, Inter: t+ » ku|باوه‌ر
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|wiara|f, Inter: t+ » pl|wierzenie|n
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|crença|f
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|credință
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|вера|f|tr=véra|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|верование|n|tr=vérovanije|sc=Cyrl
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|creideamh|m
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|вера|f / Inter: t- » sh|вјера|f
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|vera|f / Inter: t- » sh|vjera|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|tro|c
  • Telugu: Inter: t- » te|మతవిశ్వాశం|tr=matavisvasam|sc=Telu
  • Zulu: Inter: t+ » zu|ukholo

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » religious or moral convictions
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|إیمان|sc=Arab
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|вяра, Inter: t+ » bg|убеждение
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|přesvědčení|n, Inter: t+ » cs|víra|f
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|geloof|f
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|veendumus
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|vakaumus
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Glauben|m
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|πιστεύω|n|tr=pistévo
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|convinzioni|p|f
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » بڕواInter: ku-Arab » باوه‌ر


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|wiara|f, Inter: t+ » pl|wierzenie|n
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|crença|f
  • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|credință
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|creideamh|m
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|вера|f / Inter: t- » sh|вјера|f
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|vera|f / Inter: t- » sh|vjera|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|tro|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » a wishing of case or circumstance to be true
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|usk
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|usko
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|fiducia|f
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|wiara|f


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|уверење|n|sc=Cyrl / Inter: t- » sh|увјерење|n
  • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|uverenje|n / Inter: t- » sh|uvjerenje|n

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » br: kredenn {{f}} -où
    • Inter: ttbc » ceb: pagtuo
    • Inter: ttbc » fr: croyance {{f}}
    • Inter: ttbc » gn: jerovia
    • Inter: ttbc » id: keyakinan, kepercayaan
    • Inter: ttbc » ia: credentia


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » mt: twemmien
  • Inter: ttbc » ro: credință {{f}}
  • Inter: ttbc » es: creencia
  • Inter: ttbc » sw: imani
  • Inter: ttbc » ta: நம்பிக்கை(nampikkai),நம்பகம் (nampakam)
  • Inter: ttbc » tpn: îerobîara
  • Inter: ttbc » tr: inanç

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:1000 English basic words -

    Dutch

    Verb

    Inter: head » nl
  • Inter: nl-verb-form » m=imp|believen

  • Translation: ar » belief
    Translation: be » belief
    Translation: cs » belief
    Translation: cy » belief
    Translation: de » belief
    Translation: et » belief
    Translation: el » belief
    Translation: es » belief
    Translation: eo » belief
    Translation: eu » belief
    Translation: fa » belief
    Translation: fr » belief
    Translation: gl » belief
    Translation: ko » belief
    Translation: hy » belief
    Translation: io » belief
    Translation: it » belief
    Translation: kn » belief
    Translation: kk » belief
    Translation: ku » belief
    Translation: ky » belief
    Translation: lo » belief
    Translation: lv » belief
    Translation: li » belief
    Translation: hu » belief
    Translation: mg » belief
    Translation: ml » belief
    Translation: my » belief
    Translation: nl » belief
    Translation: ja » belief
    Translation: no » belief
    Translation: pl » belief
    Translation: pt » belief
    Translation: ro » belief
    Translation: ru » belief
    Category: simple:belief -
    Translation: fi » belief
    Translation: sv » belief
    Translation: ta » belief
    Translation: te » belief
    Translation: tr » belief
    Translation: vi » belief
    Translation: zh » belief