disbelief

[ dis-bi-leef ]
/ ˌdɪs bɪˈlif /

noun

the inability or refusal to believe or to accept something as true.
amazement; astonishment: We stared at the Taj Mahal in disbelief.

Nearby words

  1. disastrous,
  2. disavow,
  3. disavowal,
  4. disband,
  5. disbar,
  6. disbelieve,
  7. disbosom,
  8. disbound,
  9. disbranch,
  10. disbud

Origin of disbelief

First recorded in 1665–75; dis-1 + belief

Can be confuseddisbelief misbelief unbelief

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British Dictionary definitions for disbelief

disbelief

/ (ˌdɪsbɪˈliːf) /

noun

refusal or reluctance to believe
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Word Origin and History for disbelief

disbelief

n.

1670s; see dis- + belief. A Latin-Germanic hybrid.

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