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.

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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Contemporary Examples of disbelieving

Historical Examples of disbelieving

  • The rather heavy brows were lifted slightly in a disbelieving stare.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Did the strange being sense that Danny had not been disbelieving like the rest?

    The Hammer of Thor

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Each of them said a few words which no one ever thought of disbelieving.

  • But there was no disbelieving it; the terms were so cold, precise, and business-like.

  • The idea of disbelieving his daughter never entered his head.

    The Silver Lining

    John Roussel

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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