- the inability or refusal to believe or to accept something as true.
- amazement; astonishment: We stared at the Taj Mahal in disbelief.
Origin of disbelief
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Examples from the Web for disbelief
The disbelief was evident in article after article, with one conservative site using “President Pinocchio” in its headline.Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
But, even given the necessary suspension of disbelief, does it work?Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Daniels laughs at himself, once again shaking his head in disbelief.Jeff Daniels Defends Aaron Sorkin and the ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Toilet Scene
November 7, 2014
That last claim, obviously, required a certain suspension of disbelief.Bill O’Reilly Disses His Fellow Fox Newsers
June 19, 2014
The Netherlands humiliates an ageing Spain, while the world looks on in disbelief.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014
June 13, 2014
They stared at each other in disbelief of what their eyes had registered.
I was not then a sceptic; I had got as far as disbelief in infant baptism, but no further.Samuel Butler: A Sketch
Henry Festing Jones
Galusha was quite emphatic in his expression of disbelief in that possibility.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
The war will speed up "belief" in some and "disbelief" in others.Another Sheaf
Surely we must, at least, give them the credit of believing in their disbelief.The Missionary
- refusal or reluctance to believe
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Word Origin and History for disbelief
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