Origin of belief
Examples from the Web for beliefs
Interesting that those who sat in judgment of him found those two sets of beliefs to be incompatible.
Whatever the reason, and however absurd their beliefs may seem, American evangelicals are deadly serious.
Instead, he is cruelly jailed solely for the peaceful expression of his beliefs.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Liberals either boast or comfort themselves that their own beliefs push humanity forward.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The authors categorized responses that indicated a misunderstanding of possible benefit as “germs are germs” beliefs.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Protestantism, to which those poor people have since surrendered, has not much changed their beliefs.Decadence and Other Essays on the Culture of Ideas|Remy de Gourmont
Absolute confidence in his own beliefs was joined to truest personal humility, and made the prophet.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
It has been said that the proper study of mankind is man; and to study man we must study the beliefs of man.Bygone Beliefs|H. Stanley Redgrove
As a result of this group thought, feelings and beliefs are developed which are entertained by every individual of the community.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races|Sanger Brown, II
Of these beliefs the fast-decaying usages of the Maypole and the Harvest May still remind us.History of Religion|Allan Menzies
British Dictionary definitions for beliefs
Word Origin and History for beliefs
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.).