belief has definitions from the field of religion
[ noun ] any cognitive content held as true

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

And his belief is not to his discredit .

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

1 ) Every age rewrites the events of its history in_terms_of what should have been , creating legends about itself that rationalize contemporary beliefs and excuse contemporary actions .

That much of what he calls folklore is the result of beliefs carefully sown among the people with the conscious aim of producing a desired mass emotional reaction to a particular situation or set of situations is irrelevant .

(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)

Belief in the traditional way_of_life persists much more in the older states than in the new ones .

(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)

Data on the former are scanty , but there can be little doubt that the latter is sometimes born at a length greater than that of any of the others , thereby lending support to the belief that the anaconda does , indeed , attain the greatest length .

[ noun ] (religion) a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof


dogma tenet

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

The tragic irony of the play is that the very belief in and concern with a devil who could be met in the woods and combatted with formulae set_out in books was the very thing that prevented them from detecting the real devil when he came among them .

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

The beliefs of a religion also reflecting the values are expressed in creeds , dogmas , and doctrines , and form what Durkheim calls a credo .

Durkheim noted long_ago that religion as `` a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things - unite [ s ] into one single moral community - all those who adhere to them '' .

(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)

But Michael_Sept had unmasked him , revealing he had never been a bishop , but was an Anabaptist , afraid to state his faith , because he knew John_Calvin had written a book against their belief that the soul slept after death .

[ noun ] 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"

Used in print

(Brand Blanshard, "The Emotive Theory," Robert...)

We all believe that toward acts or effects of a certain kind one attitude is fitting and another not ; but on the theory before us such a belief would not make_sense .

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

Now , you probably share the widespread Western belief that the Lord_Buddha is the most compassionate of the gods , much more so than Jehovah and Allah and the rest .