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[uhn-bi-leef] /ˌʌn bɪˈlif/
the state or quality of not believing; incredulity or skepticism, especially in matters of doctrine or religious faith.
Origin of unbelief
1125-75; Middle English unbelefe; see un-1, belief
Can be confused
disbelief, misbelief, unbelief. Unabridged
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  • Martin had done Bill's share of the chores, with unbelief in his heart.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • unbelief was also a probable concomitant in this transgression.

  • She checked her unbelief, an unbelief that had uplifted her from an inexplicable dismay.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Her eyes were on my face, still with that same look of unbelief.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • Garnache stared at him in an unbelief that was fast growing to suspicion.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • He stood clear of her path with a gasp at once of unbelief and angry resignation.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • There were words of reproach, encouragement, unbelief, execration.

  • Faith should not be timid when unbelief shows an indomitable audacity.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • The Spirit of God was operative so far as the unbelief of men permitted.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for unbelief


disbelief or rejection of belief
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unbelief

mid-12c., "absence or lack of religious belief," from un- (1) "not" + belief.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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