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  1. belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.
  2. something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.
  3. Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
  4. Furniture. credenza(def 1).
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Origin of credence

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence
Related formsnon·cre·dence, noun


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  1. acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of othersI cannot give credence to his account
  2. something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
  3. short for credence table
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for credence


mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).

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