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disbelief


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Disbelief  \Dis*be*lief"\,  n. 
  The  act  of  disbelieving;;  a  state  of  the  mind  in  which  one  is 
  fully  persuaded  that  an  opinion,  assertion,  or  doctrine  is 
  not  true;  refusal  of  assent,  credit,  or  credence;  denial  of 
  belief. 
 
  Our  belief  or  disbelief  of  a  thing  does  not  alter  the 
  nature  of  the  thing  --Tillotson. 
 
  No  sadder  proof  can  be  given  by  a  man  of  his  own 
  littleness  that  disbelief  in  great  men.  --Carlyle. 
 
  Syn:  Distrust;  unbelief;  incredulity;  doubt;  skepticism.  -- 
  {Disbelief},  {Unbelief}.  Unbelief  is  a  mere  failure  to 
  admit  disbelief  is  a  positive  rejection.  One  may  be  an 
  unbeliever  in  Christianity  from  ignorance  or  want  of 
  inquiry;  a  unbeliever  has  the  proofs  before  him  and 
  incurs  the  guilt  of  setting  them  aside.  Unbelief  is 
  usually  open  to  conviction;  disbelief  is  already 
  convinced  as  to  the  falsity  of  that  which  it  rejects. 
  Men  often  tell  a  story  in  such  a  manner  that  we  regard 
  everything  they  say  with  unbelief.  Familiarity  with  the 
  worst  parts  of  human  nature  often  leads  us  into  a 
  disbelief  in  many  good  qualities  which  really  exist 
  among  men. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  disbelief 
  n  1:  doubt  about  the  truth  of  something  [syn:  {incredulity},  {skepticism}, 
  {mental  rejection}] 
  2:  a  rejection  of  belief  [syn:  {unbelief}]  [ant:  {belief}] 




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