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credence

[kreed-ns]
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noun
  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

Synonyms

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1. credit, faith, confidence.
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British Dictionary definitions for credence table

credence table

noun
  1. a small sideboard, originally one at which food was tasted for poison before serving
  2. Christianity a small table or ledge on which the bread, wine, etc, are placed before being consecrated in the Eucharist
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credence

noun
  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 table

credence

n.

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

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