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unbelief

[uhn-bi-leef] /ˌʌn bɪˈlif/
noun
1.
the state or quality of not believing; incredulity or skepticism, especially in matters of doctrine or religious faith.
Origin of unbelief
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English unbelefe; see un-1, belief
Can be confused
disbelief, misbelief, unbelief.
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  • Martin had done Bill's share of the chores, with unbelief in his heart.

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  • unbelief was also a probable concomitant in this transgression.

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

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

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  • Garnache stared at him in an unbelief that was fast growing to suspicion.

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  • He stood clear of her path with a gasp at once of unbelief and angry resignation.

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  • There were words of reproach, encouragement, unbelief, execration.

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

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  • 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

unbelief

/ˌʌnbɪˈliːf/
noun
1.
disbelief or rejection of belief
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Word Origin and History for unbelief
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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