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[dis-bi-leev] /ˌdɪs bɪˈliv/
verb (used with object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in:
to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
verb (used without object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
to refuse or reject belief; have no belief.
Origin of disbelieve
First recorded in 1635-45; dis-1 + believe
Related forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelievingly, adverb
Can be confused
disbelieve, misbelieve. Unabridged
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  • No young fellow can afford either to disbelieve in the church or to scoff at its workings or influence.

    Successward Edward W. Bok
  • Their eyes challenged him to disbelieve them, to find out for himself.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • If the accused one be near enough to ourselves to make the accusation a matter of personal pain, of course we disbelieve.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • I thought you must know us by sight, but when you denied it I saw no reason to disbelieve you.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Similarly you may say, if you like, that the bold determinist speculator is free to disbelieve in the reality of the will.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for disbelieve


(transitive) to reject as false or lying; refuse to accept as true or truthful
(intransitive) usually foll by in. to have no faith (in): disbelieve in God
Derived Forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelieving, adjective
disbelievingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disbelieve

1640s; see dis- + believe. Related: Disbelieved; disbelieving; disbeliever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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