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verb (used with object), dis·be·lieved, dis·be·liev·ing.
  1. to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in: to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
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verb (used without object), dis·be·lieved, dis·be·liev·ing.
  1. to refuse or reject belief; have no belief.
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Origin of disbelieve

First recorded in 1635–45; dis-1 + believe
Related formsdis·be·liev·er, noundis·be·liev·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confuseddisbelieve misbelieve
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Related Words for disbelieve

repudiate, eschew, question, mistrust, discount, discredit, scout, suspect, distrust, reject, scorn

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British Dictionary definitions for disbelieve


  1. (tr) to reject as false or lying; refuse to accept as true or truthful
  2. (intr usually foll by in) to have no faith (in)disbelieve in God
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Derived Formsdisbeliever, noundisbelieving, adjectivedisbelievingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disbelieve


1640s; see dis- + believe. Related: Disbelieved; disbelieving; disbeliever.

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