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unbelief

[uhn-bi-leef]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of not believing; incredulity or skepticism, especially in matters of doctrine or religious faith.
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Origin of unbelief

1125–75; Middle English unbelefe; see un-1, belief
Can be confuseddisbelief misbelief unbelief
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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


British Dictionary definitions for unbelief

unbelief

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.

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