belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim.
something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence.
Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
Furniture. credenza(def 1).
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Origin of credence
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a small sideboard, originally one at which food was tasted for poison before serving
Christianity a small table or ledge on which the bread, wine, etc, are placed before being consecrated in the Eucharist
acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of othersI cannot give credence to his account
something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
short for credence table
Word Origin for credence
C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).
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