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faith

[feyth] /feɪθ/
noun
1.
confidence or trust in a person or thing:
faith in another's ability.
2.
belief that is not based on proof:
He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3.
belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion:
the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4.
belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.:
to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5.
a system of religious belief:
the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
6.
the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.:
Failure to appear would be breaking faith.
7.
the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one's promise, oath, allegiance, etc.:
He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.
8.
Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.
Idioms
9.
in faith, in truth; indeed:
In faith, he is a fine lad.
Origin of faith
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English feith < Anglo-French fed, Old French feid, feit < Latin fidem, accusative of fidēs trust, akin to fīdere to trust. See confide
Related forms
multifaith, adjective

Faith

[feyth] /feɪθ/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • "We wouldn't have to work them out if we had the faith of a child," said Kate, warmly.

    The Right Knock Helen Van-Anderson
  • faith I am as poor as a chymist, and would be as industrious.

  • Sonia felt that his gloomy creed had become his faith and code.

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • They agreed upon this, and in a mood of faith and resolution fell asleep.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • All our knowledge, for instance, relies upon our sonship; it starts with an act of faith.

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British Dictionary definitions for faith

faith

/feɪθ/
noun
1.
strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence
2.
a specific system of religious beliefs: the Jewish faith
3.
(Christianity) trust in God and in his actions and promises
4.
a conviction of the truth of certain doctrines of religion, esp when this is not based on reason
5.
complete confidence or trust in a person, remedy, etc
6.
any set of firmly held principles or beliefs
7.
allegiance or loyalty, as to a person or cause (esp in the phrases keep faith, break faith)
8.
bad faith, insincerity or dishonesty
9.
good faith, honesty or sincerity, as of intention in business (esp in the phrase in good faith)
interjection
10.
(archaic) indeed; really (also in the phrases by my faith, in faith)
Word Origin
C12: from Anglo-French feid, from Latin fidēs trust, confidence
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Word Origin and History for faith
n.

mid-13c., "duty of fulfilling one's trust," from Old French feid, foi "faith, belief, trust, confidence, pledge," from Latin fides "trust, faith, confidence, reliance, credence, belief," from root of fidere "to trust," from PIE root *bheidh- (cf. Greek pistis; see bid). For sense evolution, see belief. Theological sense is from late 14c.; religions called faiths since c.1300.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with faith
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