belief[bə lēf′, bē-]
- The definition of a belief is an opinion or something that a person holds to be true.
Faith in God is an example of a belief.
A man expresses his belief in God through prayer.
- the state of believing; conviction or acceptance that certain things are true or real
- faith, esp. religious faith
- trust or confidence: I have belief in his ability
- anything believed or accepted as true; esp., a creed, doctrine, or tenet
- an opinion; expectation; judgment: my belief is that he'll come
Origin of beliefMiddle English bileve ; from bi-, be- + -leve, contr. ; from ileve ; from Old English geleafa: see believe
- The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another: My belief in you is as strong as ever.
- Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something: His explanation of what happened defies belief.
- Something believed or accepted as true, especially a particular tenet or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons.
Origin of beliefMiddle English bileve, alteration (influenced by bileven, to believe) of Old English gelēafa; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.
- Mental acceptance of a claim as likely true.
- Her belief is that this is/is not the case.
- Faith or trust in the reality of something; often based upon one's own reasoning, trust in a claim, desire of actuality, and/or evidence considered.
- My belief is that there is a bear in the woods. Bill said he saw one.
- Based on this data, it is our belief that X does not occur.
- (countable) Something believed.
- The ancient people have a belief in many deities.
- (uncountable) The quality or state of believing.
- My belief that it will rain tomorrow is strong.
- (uncountable) Religious faith.
- She often said it was her belief that carried her through the hard times.
- (in the plural) One's religious or moral convictions.
- I can't do that. It's against my beliefs.
From Middle English, from Old English lēafa.