verb (used with object), dis·be·lieved, dis·be·liev·ing.

to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in: to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.

verb (used without object), dis·be·lieved, dis·be·liev·ing.

to refuse or reject belief; have no belief.

Nearby words

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for disbelieving



(tr) to reject as false or lying; refuse to accept as true or truthful
(intr usually foll by in) to have no faith (in)disbelieve in God
Derived Formsdisbeliever, noundisbelieving, adjectivedisbelievingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for disbelieving



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

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