Definition of faith in English:



mass noun
  • 1Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

    ‘this restores one's faith in politicians’
    • ‘American political culture has a strong faith in the efficacy of markets and skepticism in the competence of government.’
    • ‘Every single worry about how we socialise children is laid open to question, until one wonders if society has lost faith in our ability to socialise children at all.’
    • ‘In an era when so many of our young people are falling victim of the drink and drug scourge that is sweeping across the country like a typhoon, I had a lot of my lost faith in our youth restored last week.’
    • ‘And yes, I've pretty much lost faith in all politicians, even more so in recent months.’
    • ‘Many people have given way to despondency and helplessness, having lost faith in leaders and politicians.’
    • ‘But underlying the suggestion is a huge faith in the state to predict the future and a belief that it should have the power to control who is fit to have children.’
    • ‘Modernists, by definition, have a strong faith in the future.’
    • ‘Sales of unit trusts almost halved in 2001 as investors lost faith in equity markets.’
    • ‘I do not have 100% faith and trust in politicians but I do live in a democracy.’
    • ‘A society that has lost faith in ambition and imagination will be bad for science.’
    • ‘Little wonder the citizens have lost faith in the system, in all the institutions, with even the judiciary seen as part of the problem, not the solution.’
    • ‘He said the general public had lost faith in politics and politicians and the forming of deals that exclude a section of the public from the political process.’
    • ‘Individuals have lost faith in one another and confidence in the future.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder people have lost faith in the political and judicial systems?’
    • ‘‘You've got to play with confidence and have faith and trust in what you're going to do,’ Faneca says.’
    • ‘There are even former inspectors who worked hard and in good faith who ultimately lost faith in the inspections process.’
    • ‘So I ask tonight to have faith, confidence and trust in your own selves, and in this country and above all have trust in the world because he will deliver you, don't worry.’
    • ‘It's time for an agenda that restores faith in business, trust in business leaders, and hope in the future.’
    • ‘The printing of this article has restored my faith and trust in humankind.’
    • ‘Since the public has lost faith in ideology, politicians must now use fear in order to maintain their hold over the masses.’
    trust, belief, confidence, conviction, credence, reliance, dependence
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  • 2Strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof.

    ‘bereaved people who have shown supreme faith’
    • ‘Rather, their faith gave them direction in the face of persecution and general misfortune.’
    • ‘Religion is based on faith, which my dictionary defines as ‘strong belief without proof’, so it cannot be based on reason.’
    • ‘I suppose growing up in the late twentieth century, an age of unswerving rationality, it's hard to have a belief system based on faith.’
    • ‘A man imbued with a strong faith and sense of duty, Ted will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.’
    • ‘One big thing for me is I don't think you have to be religious to have a faith and believe in God.’
    • ‘Christianity in particular has praised those whose belief is founded on faith, rather than proof, as the story of doubting Thomas shows.’
    • ‘A lady of strong religious faith, Ita never wavered in her devotion to her church.’
    • ‘Belief in God, on the other hand, could be either an act of faith or a belief based on conclusions from evidence and argument.’
    • ‘You only need three things in life - faith, hope, and love.’
    • ‘He argued there that environmentalism is essentially a religion, a belief system based on faith, not fact.’
    • ‘He is committed to a firm belief, based on his strong religious faith, that he will be healed.’
    • ‘They may even question why someone with such a strong faith should find her daughter's illness so difficult to deal with.’
    • ‘Delia had a strong religious faith and an inherent belief in providence and that things would work themselves out eventually.’
    • ‘So I think my identity in relation to my faith is very strong and what I do during the day ie the five daily prayers help me to a better person’
    • ‘I am a person of deep faith, strong religious convictions and an optimistic view of our world as one where love abounds and peace is held up as the common vision of the majority.’
    • ‘Religious faith naturally appears and is as compelling as the innate desire to be good.’
    • ‘Like many islanders, Caucau's life is governed by a strong faith and a desire to express himself on the rugby field.’
    • ‘I've always made a heavy distinction between belief based on blind faith, and belief based on evidence.’
    • ‘Despite battling pain in both heels, Frohlich continues to be driven by her strong faith and sense of conviction.’
    • ‘They live by explicit faith in the doctrines embedded in their respective religions and cultures.’
    religion, church, sect, denomination, persuasion, religious persuasion, religious belief, belief, code of belief, ideology, creed, teaching, dogma, doctrine
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    1. 2.1count noun A particular religion.
      ‘the Christian faith’
      • ‘The new law on religious affairs allows various faiths with various names to be registered.’
      • ‘Such icons, or graven images, are held in awe by the followers of the respective faiths.’
      • ‘His duties include working to improve relations between Christian communities and other religions and faiths.’
      • ‘Among the highlights was a spectacular lantern display representing the many religions and faiths of the nations which took part.’
      • ‘There are many among us who are becoming intolerant of those who are of a different faith, ideology or political party.’
      • ‘Piece by piece I am finding aspects of religions or spiritual faiths that make sense to me.’
      • ‘Putting all religions or faiths into one hat and saying that they are all like this is untrue and a bit naive.’
      • ‘There are so many faiths and religions to represent on the places of worship and we will be careful to include as many as we can.’
      • ‘How ever problems can arise when a couple gets married from different faiths or religions.’
      • ‘We live in the days of pluralism, when all faiths and religions are of equal worth.’
      • ‘There are religious leaders across the faiths who are not in favour of this law.’
      • ‘Certainly, the inclusion of early faiths and beliefs into education should be welcomed for a balanced view.’
      • ‘Today's service assembles representatives of a wide range of religions and faiths.’
      • ‘Monasticism is a spiritual way of life that is found in many different religious faiths.’
      • ‘Some religious faiths are towering achievements of human endeavour.’
      • ‘It drew in religious scholars of both faiths from around the world.’
      • ‘Life Force was set up to establish a living history of faiths and beliefs in Bradford and received funding through a number of grants and loans.’
      • ‘The basic principle of Khasi religion is similar to the eternal principles of other tribal faiths.’
      • ‘Churches and all the faiths could renew themselves and bring something good to humanity.’
      • ‘People of all faiths, religions and backgrounds have been part of these weddings.’
      religion, religious belief, religious beliefs, religious persuasion, religious conviction, religious group, faith community, church
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    2. 2.2count noun A strongly held belief.
      ‘men with strong political faiths’
      • ‘The ‘message movie’ may be much maligned in our more sophisticated age, but at least it showed a faith that popular cinema need not be devoid of substance or ambition.’
      • ‘This at least is the assumption of many writers and readers, and in Latin America it amounts to something like a political faith.’
      • ‘Consider a faith, a belief system, as a theory about how the universe works.’
      • ‘Arthur had a strong faith and belief in Rome and what it stood for, but that changes in the movie.’
      • ‘By and large, they are disenfranchised with the current government, have lost faith in having faith, and look to be about to vote a serious question mark into power.’
      • ‘I have a strong faith in the role of all women, as envoys of good practice, enabling and empowering our communities to take control of our future.’
      • ‘Misplaced faith in political Utopias has, like Stalinism, led to ruin.’
      • ‘These are people who I believe really have a strong faith in the idea of the presumption of innocence.’


  • Said to express surprise or emphasis.

    ‘faith, I was shown the door myself and came home’


  • break (or keep) faith

    • Be disloyal (or loyal)

      ‘an attempt to make us break faith with our customers’
      • ‘But the York band, whose influences include Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Rainbow and early Genesis, have kept faith and built up an army of loyal fans.’
      • ‘Cook kept faith with voting reform, maintaining the present system depresses turnout and contributes to ‘lack of colour’ as parties compete for the swing voter in key marginals.’
      • ‘Stein gave Strachan his international debut against Northern Ireland in 1980-a 1-defeat - and kept faith with him through some sticky times.’
      • ‘While the big high-tech firms incurred huge losses and shed jobs, the consumer kept faith with the US and continued to re-mortgage their homes and buy goods of all descriptions.’
      • ‘Ferguson kept faith with one of his favourite players and finally received his reward with the magnificent volley that rounded off victory over a depressingly disappointing Charlton outfit.’
      • ‘All of them have been known to wear distinctive bowler hats, just as the judges in the horse showing rings did yesterday as they kept faith with tradition.’
      • ‘If Giscard can keep faith with his ancestors, we should be equally loyal to ours.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We like visiting town and city centres and we like the way Manchester has kept faith with its Victorian past.’’
      • ‘Perhaps the most unconscionable aspect of intercollegiate sports is how we have broken faith with the students for whom it should exist.’
      • ‘Other insurance companies have done exactly the same thing but have kept faith with their customers by pegging premiums.’
      be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, be untrue to, betray, play someone false, break one's promise to, fail, let down, disappoint
      be loyal to, be faithful to, be true to, stand by, stick by, keep one's promise to, make good one's promise to
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Middle English: from Old French feid, from Latin fides.