Origin of belief
Examples from the Web for belief
One wonders if his subsequent battles with the “Evil Empire” were animated by this belief.
The incident sparked his belief in Santa, but he would have to wait nearly two decades before dressing up as Jolly St. Nick.
The congressman traces his belief in Santa Claus back 40 years, when he was a student going to college “on the GI Bill.”
His belief that officers really did find his fingerprints at the scene seems to have encouraged his false confession.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If any belief summed up the players I was writing about, here it was.
The case has been different with the movements induced by contact with Christian forms of belief.Introduction to the History of Religions|Crawford Howell Toy
The Gods, in short belong to the region of belief, while morality belongs to that of practice.The Necessity of Atheism|Dr. D.M. Brooks
That which Jack saw confirmed his belief of a perfect understanding between the different parties.The Lost Trail|Edward S. Ellis
Or, as he expresses it, ‘our belief of the continuance of the laws of nature.’History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
No hostess would attempt such a thing, the belief being general that some one of the guests would die within a year.As A Chinaman Saw Us|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for belief
Word Origin and History for belief
late 12c., bileave, replacing Old English geleafa "belief, faith," from West Germanic *ga-laubon "to hold dear, esteem, trust" (cf. Old Saxon gilobo, Middle Dutch gelove, Old High German giloubo, German Glaube), from *galaub- "dear, esteemed," from intensive prefix *ga- + *leubh- "to care, desire, like, love" (see love (v.)). The prefix was altered on analogy of the verb believe. The distinction of the final consonant from that of believe developed 15c.
"The be-, which is not a natural prefix of nouns, was prefixed on the analogy of the vb. (where it is naturally an intensive) .... [OED]
Belief used to mean "trust in God," while faith meant "loyalty to a person based on promise or duty" (a sense preserved in keep one's faith, in good (or bad) faith and in common usage of faithful, faithless, which contain no notion of divinity). But faith, as cognate of Latin fides, took on the religious sense beginning in 14c. translations, and belief had by 16c. become limited to "mental acceptance of something as true," from the religious use in the sense of "things held to be true as a matter of religious doctrine" (a sense attested from early 13c.).