- Faith is defined as trust or confidence, a belief in religion or God, or a strongly held belief.
- If you have complete confidence and trust in your spouse, this is an example of when you have faith in your spouse.
- If you believe in God, this is an example of having religious faith and of having faith in God.
- If you are a Catholic, then Catholic is an example of your faith.
A person expresses their faith in God through prayer.
- unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence
- unquestioning belief in God, religious tenets, etc.
- a religion or a system of religious beliefs
- anything believed
- complete trust, confidence, or reliance
- allegiance to some person or thing; loyalty
Origin of faithMiddle English feith ; from Old French feid, fei ; from Classical Latin fides, confidence, belief (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin the Christian religion) ; from fidere, to trust ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheidh-, to urge, be convinced from source bide, Classical Greek peithein, to persuade, Classical Latin foedus, a compact
break (or keep) faith
- to be disloyal (or loyal) to one's beliefs, principles, etc.
- to break (or keep) a promise
Origin of Faithsee faith
- a. Belief in God or in a set of religious doctrines.b. A set of religious doctrines; a body of dogma: adhered to the Muslim faith.c. often Faith Christianity Secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will viewed as a theological virtue.
- Confident or unquestioning belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. See Synonyms at belief, trust.
- Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters; refused to break faith with his friends.
Origin of faithMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman fed, from Latin fidēs; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural faiths)
- A feeling, conviction, or belief that something is true or real, not contingent upon reason or justification.
- Have faith that the criminal justice system will avenge the murder.
- I have faith that my prayers will be answered.
- I have faith in the healing power of crystals.
- A religious belief system.
- The Christian faith.
- An obligation of loyalty or fidelity and the observance of such an obligation.
- He acted in good faith to restore broken diplomatic ties after defeating the incumbent.
- A trust or confidence in the intentions or abilities of a person, object, or ideal.
- I have faith in the goodness of my fellow man.
12th century, from Middle English feith, from Old French feid, from Latin fidēs (“faith, belief, trust”) (whence also English fidelity), from fīdō (“trust, confide in”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰidʰ-, zero-grade of Proto-Indo-European *bʰeydʰ- (“to command, to persuade, to trust”) (whence also English bide).