believer

Definitions

  • If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen
    If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n believer a person who has religious faith
    • n believer a supporter who accepts something as true
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Additional illustrations & photos:

I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR
"YOU RUBBED THE LAMP, I BELIEVE?" "YOU RUBBED THE LAMP, I BELIEVE?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: American actor Jack Nicholson, and American singer Bobby Darrin were raised believing their grandmothers were their mothers and their mothers were their older sisters
    • Believer One who believes; one who is persuaded of the truth or reality of some doctrine, person, or thing.
    • Believer (Theol) One who gives credit to the truth of the Scriptures, as a revelation from God; a Christian; -- in a more restricted sense, one who receives Christ as his Savior, and accepts the way of salvation unfolded in the gospel. "Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers ."
    • Believer (Eccl. Hist) One who was admitted to all the rights of divine worship and instructed in all the mysteries of the Christian religion, in distinction from a catechumen, or one yet under instruction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 27 percent of U.S. male college students believe life is "a meaningless existential hell." (big surprise, eh?)
    • n believer One who believes; one who gives credit to other evidence than that of personal knowledge; one who is firmly persuaded in his own mind of the truth or existence of something: as, a believer in ghosts.
    • n believer An adherent of a religious faith; in a more restricted sense, a Christian; one who exercises faith in Christ.
    • n believer In the early church, a baptized layman, in contradistinction to the clergy on the one hand, and to the catechumens, who were preparing for baptism, on the other.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians believed that onions would keep evil spirits away
    • n Believer one who believes: a professor of Christianity
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Quotations

  • Louis Nizer
    Louis Nizer
    “Some people will believe anything if you whisper it to them.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “People are slow to believe that, which if believed would work them harm.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “To believe a thing is impossible is to make it so.”
  • Ernest Renan
    Ernest%20Renan
    “Man makes holy what he believes.”
  • Leo Rosten
    Leo%20Rosten
    “I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.”

Idioms

Believe in the hereafter - A belief in the hereafter is a belief in the afterlife, or life after death. It is, therefore, associated with religions and the soul's journey to heaven or to hell, whichever way being just deserts for the person based on how they led their life.
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Believe you me - This is an emphatic way of saying 'believe me'.
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Seeing is believing - This idiom means that people can only really believe what they experience personally.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bilevenbi-, be-, and leven. Murray says that believe is an erroneous spelling of the 17th century, prob. after relieve. The A.S. form geléfan survived to the 14th century; the present compound, which superseded it, appears in the 12th century.

Usage

In literature:

And if you believe in God, God believes in you, and believing in you He creates you continually.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
There was no knowing how much or how little to believe of his narratives.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Anyway, at last she said, 'I believe Doctor Randolph would agree with me.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
And as for not believing me, I told you not to believe me about drinking.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Believing something she was believing everything and believing everything she was believing just what she was believing.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
Nobody believed it, save Lady Verner, and she was only too thankful to believe it and hug it.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
But one day the voice of Christ came into my heart saying, "Repent, repent; believe, believe," and I accepted the offer of mercy.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
I have heard a man believing, believing mile after mile down the valley.
"Crowds" by Gerald Stanley Lee
It may be that even you will not believe me; but by the God in whom we both believe, I tell you nothing but the truth.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
If they find half a dozen fools to believe in them, they will start a crusade to found a new Utopia.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
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In poetry:

Gentle Eva, loving Eva,
Child confessor, true believer,
Listener at the Master's knee,
"Suffer such to come to me."
"Eva" by John Greenleaf Whittier
You, God, who treat him thus and thus,
Say "Save his soul and pray."
You ask me to believe You and
I only see decay.
"On A Portrait Of A Deaf Man" by Sir John Betjeman
Phraates upon the throne
Old King Cyrus used to own
Fails to hoodwink or deceive me,
Cyrus was some king, believe me!
"That For Money!" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Believers, as they pace along,
With many lions meet;
But gather sweetness from the strong,
And from the eater, meat.
"Sampson's Lion" by John Newton
Bill Jones was cynical and sad;
He thought sincerity was rare;
Most people, Bill believed, were bad
And few were fair.
"Jim And Bill" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Do I believe what Jesus saith,
And think his gospel true?
Lord, make me bold to own my faith,
And practise virtue too.
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

After the game, gasp in amazement at the secrets inside Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Firefighters believe fire started on mattress.
As the church's senior apostle , President Hinckley is the man designated to issue a calling that church members believe is inspired by God to men who will fill the vacancies in the quorum.
At least that's what George Soros, Lord Rothschild, and other investors believe.
Virgin Rocks I Can Believe Only Mind Shut Up.
Somewhere in an area off limits to tourists for years, archaeologists and historians have long believed Caesar met his fate.
Yet, Migaloo the Black Lab is believed by her guardians to be the first dog who has been specifically trained to find buried human bones at archaeological sites.
About 95 percent of the universe can't be seen but is believed to have mass.
You can't quite believe that.
Physicist Stephen Hawking believes it would be dangerous to get in touch with extraterrestrial creatures.
It's hard to believe, but downtown Tulsa's Soundpony lounge, 409 N Main, has been around for five years now.
He believes the Joint Base concept alone will help Washington Officials see the JBMDL's value to a leaner and more efficient armed forces .
We believe the victims deserve our attention.
(CBS News) The Shroud of Turin has intrigued believers and non-believers alike for centuries.
Many Okinawans believe the troops cannot be trusted to behave themselves off- base despite falling crime rates, and many sailors believe they are being unfairly judged because of a few notorious cases.
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In science:

String theory with sufficiently many unbroken supersymmetries are believed to exhibit such exact duality relations, in the form of discrete symmetry relations acting on the space of couplings.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory
We also believe that a critical study of this mechanism may give us new information regarding the solar interior and end with an example, where we propose a method for estimating an upper limit of the diffusivity within the overshoot layer.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
We believe that this scenario may also play a role in the reduction of the dynamo period with increasing η .
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
We believe that the inclusion of a latitudinal shear will not change the results of the parameter space study qualitatively.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
This does not affect the eigenvalues and so we make believe the factor is not there.
On Convergence of Moments for Random Young Tableaux and a Random Growth Model
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