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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Be*lief"
  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.]
    synonyms: Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.

Etymology: OE. bileafe bileve; cf. AS. geleƔfa. See Believe

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  1. A vague idea in which some confidence is placed ("it strengthened my belief in his sincerity")
  2. Any cognitive content held as true

From Middle English, from Old English lēafa, from Proto-Germanic *laubô.

  1. Mental acceptance of a claim as likely true.
    Her is that this is/is not the case.
  2. 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 is that there is a bear in the woods. Bill said he saw one.
    Based on this data, it is our that X does not occur.
  3. (countable) Something believed.
    The ancient people have a in many deities.
  4. (uncountable) The quality or state of believing.
    My that it will rain tomorrow is strong.
  5. (uncountable) Religious faith.
    She often said it was her that carried her through the hard times.
  6. (in the plural) One's religious or moral convictions.
    I don't want to do a no-fault divorce on my husband and steal from him under color of law. It's against my .

belief was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and German

Fun Facts about the name Belief

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Past life for Belief born Sep 14, 1992

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Mongolia approximately on 1300. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.