Definition of faith in English:



  • 1Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

    ‘this restores one's faith in politicians’
    • ‘Is it any wonder people have lost faith in the political and judicial systems?’
    • ‘Since the public has lost faith in ideology, politicians must now use fear in order to maintain their hold over the masses.’
    • ‘Modernists, by definition, have a strong faith in the future.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The printing of this article has restored my faith and trust in humankind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sales of unit trusts almost halved in 2001 as investors lost faith in equity markets.’
    • ‘And yes, I've pretty much lost faith in all politicians, even more so in recent months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘You've got to play with confidence and have faith and trust in what you're going to do,’ Faneca says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I do not have 100% faith and trust in politicians but I do live in a democracy.’
    • ‘There are even former inspectors who worked hard and in good faith who ultimately lost faith in the inspections process.’
    • ‘Individuals have lost faith in one another and confidence in the future.’
    • ‘American political culture has a strong faith in the efficacy of markets and skepticism in the competence of government.’
    • ‘A society that has lost faith in ambition and imagination will be bad for science.’
    • ‘Many people have given way to despondency and helplessness, having lost faith in leaders and politicians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's time for an agenda that restores faith in business, trust in business leaders, and hope in the future.’
    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’
    • ‘Belief in God, on the other hand, could be either an act of faith or a belief based on conclusions from evidence and argument.’
    • ‘A man imbued with a strong faith and sense of duty, Ted will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.’
    • ‘He is committed to a firm belief, based on his strong religious faith, that he will be healed.’
    • ‘A lady of strong religious faith, Ita never wavered in her devotion to her church.’
    • ‘Like many islanders, Caucau's life is governed by a strong faith and a desire to express himself on the rugby field.’
    • ‘Delia had a strong religious faith and an inherent belief in providence and that things would work themselves out eventually.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘They live by explicit faith in the doctrines embedded in their respective religions and cultures.’
    • ‘Religious faith naturally appears and is as compelling as the innate desire to be good.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They may even question why someone with such a strong faith should find her daughter's illness so difficult to deal with.’
    • ‘I've always made a heavy distinction between belief based on blind faith, and belief based on evidence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite battling pain in both heels, Frohlich continues to be driven by her strong faith and sense of conviction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    religion, church, sect, denomination, persuasion, religious persuasion, religious belief, belief, code of belief, ideology, creed, teaching, dogma, doctrine
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    1. 2.1[count noun]A particular religion.
      ‘the Christian faith’
      • ‘His duties include working to improve relations between Christian communities and other religions and faiths.’
      • ‘Today's service assembles representatives of a wide range of religions and faiths.’
      • ‘How ever problems can arise when a couple gets married from different faiths or religions.’
      • ‘Piece by piece I am finding aspects of religions or spiritual faiths that make sense to me.’
      • ‘The new law on religious affairs allows various faiths with various names to be registered.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It drew in religious scholars of both faiths from around the world.’
      • ‘Certainly, the inclusion of early faiths and beliefs into education should be welcomed for a balanced view.’
      • ‘There are many among us who are becoming intolerant of those who are of a different faith, ideology or political party.’
      • ‘The basic principle of Khasi religion is similar to the eternal principles of other tribal faiths.’
      • ‘Among the highlights was a spectacular lantern display representing the many religions and faiths of the nations which took part.’
      • ‘There are religious leaders across the faiths who are not in favour of this law.’
      • ‘Putting all religions or faiths into one hat and saying that they are all like this is untrue and a bit naive.’
      • ‘People of all faiths, religions and backgrounds have been part of these weddings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Monasticism is a spiritual way of life that is found in many different religious faiths.’
      • ‘Such icons, or graven images, are held in awe by the followers of the respective faiths.’
      • ‘Some religious faiths are towering achievements of human endeavour.’
      • ‘We live in the days of pluralism, when all faiths and religions are of equal worth.’
      • ‘Churches and all the faiths could renew themselves and bring something good to humanity.’
      religion, religious persuasion, religious conviction, religious group, faith community, church
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    2. 2.2[count noun]A strongly held belief.
      ‘men with strong political faiths’
      • ‘This at least is the assumption of many writers and readers, and in Latin America it amounts to something like a political faith.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Arthur had a strong faith and belief in Rome and what it stood for, but that changes in the movie.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Consider a faith, a belief system, as a theory about how the universe works.’
      • ‘These are people who I believe really have a strong faith in the idea of the presumption of innocence.’
      • ‘Misplaced faith in political Utopias has, like Stalinism, led to ruin.’


  • Said to express surprise or emphasis.

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


Middle English: from Old French feid, from Latin fides.