Belief

Be*lief"

(), n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. gelefa. 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.
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Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance.
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2. (Theol.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.
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No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.
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3. The thing believed; the object of belief.
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Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.
Bacon.
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4. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.
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In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation.
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Ultimate belief, a first principle incapable of proof; an intuitive truth; an intuition. Sir W. Hamilton.
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Syn. -- Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.
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