- belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.
- something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.
- Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
- Furniture. credenza(def 1).
Origin of credence
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Examples from the Web for credence
Oleksiy Kosarev, leader of a local anti-corruption organization, lent some credence to this conception.Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers
May 17, 2014
Valente lends some credence to the description of the Ndrangheta being the most powerful organized crime group in the world.Mafia’s Cocaine-in-a-Can Bust
February 12, 2014
They also indicate that no credence should be placed in the “confessions” that will doubtless be televised by Iran.Are Israeli Agents Assassinating Iranian Scientists? A New Book Argues
Dan Raviv, Yossi Melman
July 7, 2012
Vincent had risen to fetch the cruets from the credence table.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
It is with great reluctance that we give any credence to this statement.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
Feeling thus, they still placed some credence in any rumors that came.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
At least you will give some credence to the stars, my learned Cabalist.Alroy
There was a whisper, that my master was my father; yet it was only a whisper, and I cannot say that I ever gave it credence.My Bondage and My Freedom
- acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of othersI cannot give credence to his account
- something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
- short for credence table
Word Origin and History for credence
mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).