An example of credence is when a scientific experiment has revealed the same findings when conducted by several different scientists, thus creating a high probability that the findings are true.
- belief, esp. in the reports or testimony of another: to give credence to rumors
- credentialsnow only in the phrase letters of credence
- Eccles. a small table at the side of the altar for the bread, wine, etc. used in the Eucharistic service
Origin of credenceOld French from Medieval Latin credentia from Classical Latin credens, present participle of credere: see creed
- a. Acceptance as true or valid; belief: I wouldn't put too much credence in that story. See Synonyms at belief.b. Credibility; plausibility: “A number of other details … lend credence to her account” ( Jane Mayer )
- Recommendation; credentials: a letter of credence.
- A small table or shelf for holding the bread, wine, and vessels of the Eucharist when they are not in use at the altar.
Origin of credenceMiddle English from Old French from Medieval Latin crēdentia from Latin crēdēns crēdent- present participle of crēdere to believe ; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural credences)
- Acceptance of a belief or claim as true, especially on the basis of evidence.
- Based on the scientific data, I give credence to this hypothesis.
- (rare) Credential or supporting material for a person or claim.
- He presented us with a letter of credence.
- (religion) A small table or credenza used in certain Christian religious services.
- A cupboard, sideboard, or cabinet, particularly one intended for the display of rich vessels or plate on open shelves.
(third-person singular simple present credences, present participle credencing, simple past and past participle credenced)
- (obsolete) To give credence to; to believe.
From Old French credence, from Medieval Latin crēdentia (“belief, faith”), from Latin crēdēns, present active participle of crēdō (“loan, confide in, trust, believe”).