Definitions for: Belief


[n] 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"
[n] any cognitive content held as true



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: feeling, impression, notion, opinion

Antonyms: disbelief, unbelief

See Also: article of faith, autotelism, cognitive content, content, conviction, doctrine, effect, expectation, faith, fetichism, fetishism, hunch, idea, individualism, intuition, ism, meliorism, mental object, originalism, outlook, pacifism, persuasion, philosophy, popular opinion, presence, prospect, public opinion, religion, religious belief, sacerdotalism, school of thought, sentiment, spiritual being, spiritual world, spiritualism, strong belief, supernatural being, supernaturalism, superstition, superstitious notion, suspicion, theory, theosophy, thought, totemism, tribalism, trust, unseen, values, view, vox populi

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