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credence

[kreed-ns] /ˈkrid ns/
noun
1.
belief as to the truth of something:
to give credence to a claim.
2.
something giving a claim to belief or confidence:
letter of credence.
3.
Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
4.
Furniture. credenza (def 1).
Origin of credence
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence
Related forms
noncredence, noun
Synonyms
1. credit, faith, confidence.
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  • Vincent had risen to fetch the cruets from the credence table.

  • It is with great reluctance that we give any credence to this statement.

  • Feeling thus, they still placed some credence in any rumors that came.

  • At least you will give some credence to the stars, my learned Cabalist.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • 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 Frederick Douglass
  • None of the later historians has given any credence to this theory.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • I care little, so long as you, mademoiselle, give them no credence!

    Columba Prosper Merimee
British Dictionary definitions for credence

credence

/ˈkriːdəns/
noun
1.
acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I cannot give credence to his account
2.
something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
3.
short for credence table
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for credence
n.

mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).

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