Origin of credulityMiddle English credulite from Old French from Classical Latin credulitas from credulus: see credulous
The definition of credulity is a willingness to believe things too easily.
An example of credulity is someone who falls for lies easily, a gullible person.
A disposition to believe too readily.
Origin of credulityMiddle English credulite from Old French from Latin crēdulitās from crēdulus credulous ; see credulous .
(countable and uncountable, plural credulities)
From Old French credulité (French crédulité), from Latin crēdulitās.
- Curiosity and credulity, then, are the characteristics of the savage intellect.
- But, however foolish in his credulity, he still made his strong hand felt both in France and in Italy, remaining to the last "the terrible king."
- The outstanding feature of the mental life of savages known to psychologists as " primitive credulity " is doubtless chiefly due to sheer want of diversity of suggestiveness in their intellectual surroundings.
- It is more in conformity with ancient credulity than with modern science to attribute a permanent tendency to derangement to the accidental administration of any drug, however potent.
- Idolatrous cults repose so largely on make-believe and credulity that the priests who administered them, perhaps oftener than we know, fell into the kind of imposture and trickery of which the legend of Bel and the dragon represents a classical example.