Definition of credulity in US English:



  • A tendency to be too ready to believe that something is real or true.

    ‘moneylenders prey upon their credulity and inexperience’
    • ‘When fictional characters conquer our credulity to this extent, the likelihood is that they stand for some big idea that might, we think, make the world a better place.’
    • ‘It strains credulity to believe that these guys were doing this from any altruistic motive.’
    • ‘Celebrity endorsements of good causes are sometimes characterised by both ignorance and credulity.’
    • ‘One is amazed at the extent of the media's ignorance and credulity.’
    • ‘All that said, the prosecution's version of events seems to stretch credulity.’
    • ‘It would strain anyone's therapeutic credulity to believe that Audrey needed no further help.’
    • ‘To hear him now blame others for their credulity is breathtaking.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the script as it stands strains credulity.’
    • ‘The crime stands beyond credulity or forgiveness.’
    • ‘Questions of seeing, believing, and credulity are explored in all of the essays and projects in this issue.’
    • ‘The truth is a tale of invented history and human credulity.’
    • ‘Promising to abolish it would have stretched credulity too far.’
    • ‘Those were dear good people but they must have carried simplicity and credulity to the limit.’
    • ‘At one extreme, it is used to represent the unswerving conviction and absolute credulity of the true believer.’
    • ‘You see, citizens had been pushed to such extremes of cynicism that this latest transparent assault on their credulity was enough to break them.’
    • ‘As students of urban folklore know, legends are perpetuated for reasons other than simple credulity.’
    • ‘The amazing credulity of the customers didn't just apply to the product itself, but to the company.’
    • ‘This stretches credulity well past breaking point.’
    • ‘It would really stretch credulity to suggest that it could.’
    • ‘By the end of the book, readers will have encountered many illustrations of the incredible credulity and cruelty that are among the most tragic of our species' traits.’
    gullibility, gullibleness, credulousness, naivety, naiveness, blind faith, trustfulness, over-trustfulness, lack of suspicion, innocence, ingenuousness, unworldliness, lack of experience, lack of sophistication, guilelessness, greenness, callowness, childlikeness, simpleness, simplicity, ignorance
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