Definition of disbelief in English:

disbelief

noun

mass noun
  • 1Inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real.

    ‘Laura shook her head in disbelief’
    • ‘This is just sickening us all and there's a real sense of disbelief here.’
    • ‘To succeed as art, sci-fi and fantasy have to persuade us to suspend our disbelief in the world being conjured up.’
    • ‘I like to go to movies to suspend my disbelief for a few hours, and I have to pay for that.’
    • ‘There is an instant change from mild anger and heavy annoyance to startled astonishment and disbelief.’
    • ‘The expression on Jessica's face changed, I saw the shock and disbelief, and then sadness.’
    • ‘My first reaction on discovering the burglary was disbelief, indignation and real sadness.’
    • ‘This intense feeling of disbelief and relief has been a typical reaction in New England.’
    • ‘The shock and disbelief was hard to bear, and we were all overwhelmed with grief.’
    • ‘In fact, like any kind of entertainment, it requires a willing suspension of disbelief to make it work at all.’
    • ‘His face seemed to dripping with disbelief, rage and sadness all at once.’
    • ‘Yesterday parents waiting for their children outside school reacted with fury and disbelief at the news.’
    • ‘One only had to look at the bewilderment and disbelief on their faces to gauge what they must be feeling.’
    • ‘Why must you always be expected to suspend your disbelief while watching a comedy?’
    • ‘It has left everybody I know shaking their heads in disbelief and anger.’
    • ‘It must survive rejection or disbelief to either be accepted or at least raise a reasonable doubt.’
    • ‘The dominant emotional reaction to the letter was shock and disbelief or anger and indignation.’
    • ‘No one in her family could believe that she had suffered a stroke at such a young age, but soon their disbelief turned to anger.’
    • ‘His outburst ended with a slight smirk, no doubt at my expression of unrestrained disbelief and anger.’
    • ‘They had met the news that the terrorists lived among them with shock and disbelief.’
    • ‘When a diagnosis is made that your loved one has a very serious illness the first reaction is of course shock and disbelief.’
    incredulity, incredulousness, lack of belief, lack of credence, lack of conviction, scepticism, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, questioning, cynicism, suspicion, distrust, mistrust, wariness, chariness
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Lack of faith.
      ‘I'll burn in hell for disbelief’
      • ‘Now he is presenting nothing less than an entire history of atheism, and an impassioned argument for disbelief in all things supernatural.’
      • ‘Depending on what aspects of the evidence you choose to stress or underplay, it's not that hard to conclude that belief or disbelief in afterlife is warranted.’
      • ‘Among the different disciplines, disbelief in the existence of God was not correlated with any particular area of expertise.’
      • ‘The results are a measure of belief in human evolution, and disbelief in creation science.’
      • ‘He discussed and investigated the philosophical basis and long history of atheism and disbelief.’
      atheism, unbelief, godlessness, ungodliness, impiety, irreligion, agnosticism, nihilism
      View synonyms

Pronunciation

disbelief

/dɪsbɪˈliːf/