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[kreed-ns] /ˈkrid ns/
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
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence
Related forms
noncredence, noun
1. credit, faith, confidence. Unabridged
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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


acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I 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
C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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