Definition of misbelief in US English:



  • A wrong or false belief or opinion.

    ‘the misbelief that alcohol problems require a specialist response’
    • ‘What's keeping it going to a large extent are the misbeliefs about getting back to an active lifestyle.’
    • ‘A new project should help dispel commonly held misbeliefs about Aboriginal Australians.’
    • ‘They have to denounce their previous misbeliefs about the state, learn to love conformity and hate dissent.’
    • ‘These misbeliefs are commonly associated with schizophrenia, but they can also occur in people with brain injuries, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease and dementia.’
    • ‘He said that there is a common misbelief that ‘somehow cross-strait trade and investment will act as a brake on the leaders in Beijing from taking rash actions.’’
    • ‘Your reviewer is perhaps under the misbelief that a musicography is a work of fiction.’
    • ‘A very common misbelief is that vehicle manufacturers want to save money.’
    • ‘There was also the misbelief among Singaporeans that Chinese businessmen faced corruption charges here because of their ethnic background - a notion underpinned by the 1998 May riots in which Chinese were targeted.’
    • ‘If I were to say to her ‘Look mum, evolution discounts genesis’, she would not in any way be swayed in her misbelief.’
    • ‘The misbelief that, once decriminalised, women in the industry will be able to choose their own working conditions and their own clients, and have industry health and safety standards in place are misplaced.’
    • ‘We, the inhabitants of the third world still labour under the misbelief that media is neutral.’
    • ‘The misbelief that this screening programme is fully diagnostic undermines the importance of the programme evaluators.’
    false belief, unorthodoxy, heresy, wrong belief, delusion, illusion, fallacy, error, mistake, misconception, misapprehension
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