What does belief mean?

Definitions for belief

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beliefnoun

    any cognitive content held as true

  2. impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinionnoun

    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed

    "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"


  1. beliefnoun

    Mental acceptance of a claim as truth regardless of supporting or contrary empirical evidence.

  2. beliefnoun

    Something believed.

    The ancient people have a belief in many deities.

  3. beliefnoun

    The quality or state of believing.

    My belief that it will rain tomorrow is strong.

  4. beliefnoun

    Religious faith.

    She often said it was her belief that carried her through the hard times.

  5. beliefnoun

    One's religious or moral convictions.

    I can't do that. It's against my beliefs.

  6. Etymology: from leafa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beliefnoun

    Etymology: from believe.

    Those comforts that shall never cease,
    Future in hope, but present in belief. Henry Wotton.

    Faith is a firm belief of the whole word of God, of his gospel, commands, threats, and promises. William Wake, Prep. for Death.

    No man can attain belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth; for that they neither are sufficient to give us as much as the least spark of light concerning the very principal mysteries of our faith. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 22.

    In the heat of general persecution, whereunto christian belief was subject upon the first promulgation, it much confirmed the weaker minds, when relation was made how God had been glorified through the sufferings of martyrs. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    He can, I know, but doubt to think he will;
    Yet hope would fain subscribe, and tempts belief. John Milton.

    All treaties are grounded upon the belief, that states will be found in their honour and observance of treaties. William Temple.

    Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men. Francis Bacon.


  1. Belief

    Belief was the second single from John Mayers 2006 album Continuum. The song features Ben Harper on guitar. Despite its success on the American adult album alternative chart and the South African Top 40, the song never had a music video. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The song is about the moral war around the world with people's beliefs and that one cannot keep the world under control to get every single person to believe just one thing.


  1. belief

    Belief is a mental attitude or acceptance that something is true or exists, often without proof or evidence. It can refer to the conviction in the truth or reality of a particular concept, thing, or statement, irrespective of whether it is based on factual knowledge, personal experiences, religious teachings, or societal norms. Beliefs can heavily influence attitudes, thoughts, and actions. They can be individual or shared as a part of cultural or social systems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beliefnoun

    assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or testimony; partial or full assurance without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence; as, belief of a witness; the belief of our senses

  2. Beliefnoun

    a persuasion of the truths of religion; faith

  3. Beliefnoun

    the thing believed; the object of belief

  4. Beliefnoun

    a tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed


  1. Belief

    Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true. Dispositional and occurrent belief concerns the contextual activation of the belief into thoughts or ideas.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Belief

    a word of various application, but properly definable as that which lies at the heart of a man or a nation's convictions, or is the heart and soul of all their thoughts and actions, "the thing a man does practically lay to heart, and know for certain concerning his vital relations to this mysterious universe, and his duty and destiny there."

Editors Contribution

  1. belief

    A feeling, knowing or understanding we believe.

    It is their belief that they choose and have an eternal marriage and it is true.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'belief' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1979

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'belief' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4498

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'belief' in Nouns Frequency: #623

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of belief in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of belief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of belief in a Sentence

  1. Adam Clayton Jr. Powell:

    Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.

  2. Charles Dickens:

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times it ws the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair we had everything before us, we had nothing before us we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.

  3. Dan Aykroyd:

    That’s what the statistics are indicating, that there’s a lot of white racist hatred out there that’s going to channel into a support for the Republican ticket. Maybe in the false belief that these people share their views.

  4. Martin Tobias Lithner:

    One's own belief in human excellence is one of the ultimate signs of the skewness that man himself has invented, his role in everything. Sublimely, however, we are aware of our own coming doom through a quick glance at the world around us.

  5. Sigmund Freud:

    The expectation that every neurotic phenomenon can be cured may, I suspect, be derived from the layman's belief that the neuroses are something quite unnecessary which have no right whatever to exist. Whereas in fact they are severe, constitutionally fixed illnesses, which rarely restrict themselves to only a few attacks but persist as a rule over long periods throughout life.

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