Definition of disbelief in US English:

disbelief

noun

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

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

disbelief

/ˌdisbəˈlēf//ˌdɪsbəˈlif/