Definition of belief in English:

belief

noun

  • 1An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof:

    ‘his belief in extraterrestrial life’
    [with clause] ‘a belief that climate can be modified beneficially’
    • ‘However he too expressed the belief that both sides could now move towards restoring trust.’
    • ‘It protects each one of us impartially, embodying the belief that all are equal.’
    • ‘A belief that international peace is the goal to which all nations should strive.’
    • ‘I think I practically grew up with the belief that I will one day have children of my own.’
    • ‘I suppose it is a belief that even if all is lost in this life, not everything is lost.’
    • ‘It has a reverence for nature, a belief that life energy exists in all things, both animate and inanimate.’
    • ‘The project is underpinned by a belief that all families need support at some time or another.’
    • ‘The belief that any society could isolate itself from these consequences is absurd.’
    • ‘But beyond the glasses, there is the belief that she is on some kind of mission.’
    • ‘Lindsay Anderson held a passionate belief that cinema could change the world.’
    • ‘We are all tied to the belief that glasses denote intelligence, while not being a guarantee of it.’
    • ‘Darren and Lee were resigned to the belief that their side's lead had been reduced to two points.’
    • ‘At a very early age, I have developed a belief that we all are here to contribute something.’
    • ‘It is the human belief that more technology, and yet more, can cure all our ills which is at fault.’
    • ‘Many share her belief that the path to democracy lies in improving human rights.’
    • ‘He expresses the belief that the world is based on a delicate harmony which must be maintained in order to keep a state of balance.’
    • ‘It is their determination to get to work, and their belief that they can get back home, rain or shine.’
    • ‘It is not true, but there are great dangers in the growing belief that it is.’
    • ‘There is a belief that jade improves its appearance through constant contact with the skin.’
    • ‘We approach our technology with the belief that it will be the same, but better.’
    guess, speculation, surmise, fancy, notion, suspicion, presumption, assumption, theory, hypothesis, postulation, supposition
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    1. 1.1 Something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion:
      ‘we're prepared to fight for our beliefs’
      [mass noun] ‘contrary to popular belief existing safety regulations were adequate’
      • ‘I do not suffer fools gladly and I have been known to be opinionated and defend my beliefs strongly.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, they are actually great as part of a healthy balanced diet.’
      • ‘I have a great belief that particular things, or people, are put in front of us at particular times for a reason.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, the adverts will not feature a blaring soundtrack or other audio.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief it is not always the thought of more money that is the main motivator.’
      • ‘She makes you uncomfortable because she is forever challenging you to fight for your beliefs.’
      • ‘Times change and people's beliefs and outlooks on life also change.’
      • ‘Today I met someone who spent much of our encounter telling me about him - his life, his views and beliefs.’
      • ‘As a consumer, it is my belief that you should be able to investigate the background of all that you buy.’
      • ‘Don't attempt to capitalise on your mistaken belief that I do not understand this situation as well as you.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, simply bringing up suicide will not put the idea in their head.’
      • ‘For example, it is the widespread belief that the victims have only themselves to blame.’
      • ‘But powerfully and convincingly, he set out his heartfelt belief that he did what was right.’
      • ‘Contrary to all our beliefs and the stories we heard, I saw a very warm and a friendly family.’
      • ‘Explore ideas, beliefs and activities that will challenge you and take you out of your comfort zone.’
      • ‘Contrary to popular belief, the bird's nests are not found in the faces of cliffs but in caves.’
      • ‘Language can be used to distort our beliefs and opinion of an individual.’
      • ‘She is a portrait painter and, contrary to popular belief, this is not a dead art.’
      • ‘Human beings are worthy of the highest respect, but not all opinions and beliefs are worthy of respect and tolerance.’
      • ‘Worst of all, it enhances the belief that we should expect little of the poem and of poets.’
      opinion, view, viewpoint, point of view, attitude, stance, stand, standpoint, position, perspective, contention, conviction, judgement, thinking, way of thinking, thought, idea, theory, hypothesis, thesis, interpretation, assumption, presumption, supposition, surmise, postulation, conclusion, deduction, inference, notion, impression, sense, feeling, fancy, hunch
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    2. 1.2 A religious conviction:
      ‘Christian beliefs’
      [mass noun] ‘the medieval system of fervent religious belief’
      • ‘Ordinary common beliefs, and belief in the existence of other minds, are still excluded.’
      • ‘They give many people the freedom to be open and honest about their religious beliefs.’
      • ‘Neither do I have a problem in general with people who wish to follow religious beliefs.’
      • ‘Some think their lives here and now are affected by their religious beliefs and practices.’
      • ‘As it's quite a religious belief, many people don't believe there is an Afterlife.’
      • ‘Many of his paintings were inspired by his religious beliefs, featuring Voodoo scenes and symbols.’
      • ‘It's not that I dislike the idea of religion or being a part of one, I just dont have any religious beliefs of my own.’
      • ‘One can also learn more about the religious beliefs and practices of these families.’
      • ‘Religious beliefs influence too many aspects of life to be ignored.’
      • ‘He was served food that his religious beliefs did not allow him to consume.’
      • ‘The headscarf in my view is both a religious practice for some Muslims as well as being a symbol of your religious beliefs.’
      • ‘However, many of these groups also adhere to their traditional religious beliefs.’
      • ‘Of course his religious beliefs greatly influenced all his thinking.’
      • ‘Their religious beliefs also play a big part in why the civilization was so great.’
      • ‘Religious belief is certainly no barrier to being part of such a project.’
      • ‘It invoked religious beliefs not only to understand different histories but also to change it.’
      • ‘I wanted to learn more about the traditional core beliefs of Japanese religious life.’
      • ‘However, owing to religious beliefs, she refused and died two days later.’
      • ‘I was never one myself and shared his opinions about their beliefs and customs even at that time.’
      • ‘They include questions about attendance in places of worship and religious beliefs.’
      ideology, principle, ideal, ethic, conviction
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  • 2belief inTrust, faith, or confidence in (someone or something):

    ‘a belief in democratic politics’
    • ‘First, you need to have absolute passion and total belief in what you are trying to achieve.’
    • ‘The players seem to have lost belief in themselves and only good leadership can bring it back.’
    • ‘I think we need to help teenagers to have good self-esteem and a belief in themselves.’
    • ‘It appealed to her belief in good management and organisation as the means to achieving targets.’
    • ‘You don't get to the top without possessing an innate belief in your own superiority.’
    • ‘It is a political act and a clear expression of a belief in a different way of doing things.’
    • ‘He had absolute belief in himself and his methods, and wasn't afraid to say so to anybody.’
    • ‘I had lost all belief in myself, which was more upsetting given how well I had started.’
    • ‘Our opponents try to portray our belief in smaller government as not caring about those in need.’
    • ‘She was a very strong woman who worked really hard to make sure we all had belief in ourselves.’
    • ‘His tireless passion and strong belief in our campaign has been an ongoing inspiration to all of us.’
    • ‘There was a vibe in the squad that I hadn't seen, and a belief in what we were doing as a team.’
    • ‘What marks out so many of these producers is their passionate belief in what they do.’
    • ‘The numbers started going down and, with that, obviously my belief in how easy it was going to be.’
    • ‘My strength is my confidence and belief in my ability, and the manner in which I back myself.’
    • ‘His advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to have belief in their chosen project and to act on it quickly.’
    • ‘I believe we can do it, there is a high level of motivation and a strong belief in the squad.’
    • ‘What the team is short of most of all is self confidence and belief in their own ability.’
    • ‘There was a lack of belief in what could be done here, both with the pupils and staff.’
    • ‘In times of stress or pain many of us derive comfort from a strong and deep-rooted belief in our faith.’
    faith, trust, reliance, confidence, credence, freedom from doubt
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Origin

Middle English: alteration of Old English gelēafa; compare with believe.

Pronunciation:

belief

/bɪˈliːf/