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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Belief  \Be*lief"\,  n.  [OE.  bileafe  bileve  cf  AS  gele['a]fa. 
  See  {Believe}.] 
  1.  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 
 
  Belief  admits  of  all  degrees,  from  the  slightest 
  suspicion  to  the  fullest  assurance.  --Reid. 
 
  2.  (Theol.)  A  persuasion  of  the  truths  of  religion;  faith. 
 
  No  man  can  attain  [to]  belief  by  the  bare 
  contemplation  of  heaven  and  earth.  --Hooker. 
 
  3.  The  thing  believed;  the  object  of  belief. 
 
  Superstitious  prophecies  are  not  only  the  belief  of 
  fools,  but  the  talk  sometimes  of  wise  men.  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  A  tenet,  or  the  body  of  tenets,  held  by  the  advocates  of 
  any  class  of  views;  doctrine;  creed. 
 
  In  the  heat  of  persecution  to  which  Christian  belief 
  was  subject  upon  its  first  promulgation.  --Hooker. 
 
  {Ultimate  belief},  a  first  principle  incapable  of  proof;  an 
  intuitive  truth;  an  intuition.  --Sir  W.  Hamilton. 
 
  Syn:  Credence;  trust;  reliance;  assurance;  opinion. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  belief 
  n  1:  any  cognitive  content  held  as  true  [ant:  {unbelief}] 
  2:  a  religious  doctrine  that  is  proclaimed  as  true  without 
  proof  [syn:  {dogma},  {tenet}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {impression},  {feeling},  {notion}] 




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