• WordNet 3.6
    • n credence a kind of sideboard or buffet
    • n credence the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true "he gave credence to the gossip","acceptance of Newtonian mechanics was unquestioned for 200 years"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Credence A cupboard, sideboard, or cabinet, particularly one intended for the display of rich vessels or plate, and consisting chiefly of open shelves for that purpose.
    • Credence Reliance of the mind on evidence of facts derived from other sources than personal knowledge; belief; credit; confidence. "To give credence to the Scripture miracles.""An assertion which might easily find credence ."
    • Credence That which gives a claim to credit, belief, or confidence; as, a letter of credence .
    • Credence (Eccl) The small table by the side of the altar or communion table, on which the bread and wine are placed before being consecrated.
    • v. t Credence To give credence to; to believe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n credence Belief; credit; reliance of the mind on evidence of facts derived from other sources than personal knowledge, as from the testimony of others.
    • n credence That which gives a claim to credit, belief, or confidence; credentials: now used only in the phrase letter of credence (a paper intended to commend the bearer to the confidence of a third person).
    • n credence Some act or process of testing the nature or character of food before serving it, as a precaution against poison, formerly practised in royal or noble households.
    • n credence In medieval times, a side-table or side-board on which the food was placed to be tasted before serving; hence, in later use, a cupboard or cabinet for the display of plate, etc.
    • n credence Eccles., in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, a small table, slab, or shelf against the wall of the sanctuary or chancel, near the epistle side of the altar (on the right of one facing it). On the credence are placed the cruets, the vessel (canister, pyx, or ciborium) for the altar-breads, the lavabobasin and napkin, etc. Sometimes a niche in the sanctuary-wall serves the same purpose. At high mass in the Roman Catholic Church, and at all celebrations in the Anglican Church, the elements are taken from the credence at the time of the offertory. In the Greek Church there is no credence, the table in the chapel of prothesis (see prothesis) serving instead. Also called credence-table. Synonyms Confidence, trust, faith.
    • credence To give credence to; believe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Credence krē′dens belief: trust: the small table beside the altar on which the bread and wine are placed before being consecrated
    • n Credence that which entitles to credit or confidence:
    • v.t Credence to believe: to trust: to sell or lend to on trust: to enter on the credit side of an account: to set to the credit of
    • n Credence (pl.) esp. the letters by which one claims confidence or authority among strangers
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  • George Jean Nathan
    “The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. credentia, fr. L. credens, -entis, p. pr. of credere, to trust, believe: cf. OF. credence,. See Creed, and cf. Credent Creance


In literature:

Prince Henry's Instructions for the Voyage, together with King James's Letters of Credence, 1612.
"Notes and Queries, Number 208, October 22, 1853" by Various
Holy books, holy men, and holy days are matters of evidence, and not of blind credence.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
The crowning stroke of ingenuity was a tale that received wide credence among quite intelligent Egyptians.
"Pan-Islam" by George Wyman Bury
The whole affair seemed to be beyond human credence.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
He cannot away with them, and goes near to denying their claims for credence altogether.
"A Visit to Java" by W. Basil Worsfold
A report then got abroad in Holland that I was dead, and I skilfully manoeuvred to obtain credence for it.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
It required the authority of the semiofficial Washburn-Langford expedition of 1869 to establish credence.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
They are stated by the Netherlands Government to have no letters of credence or instructions later in date than March, 1900.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
An excellent piece of chiseling is done by Sibbel, the sculptor of this city, in the panels over the credence.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
He was inclined to give some credence to the suppositions of the Burgomaster.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
The enthusiasm for Kosciuszko's person in the camp and in the nation is beyond credence.
"Kosciuszko" by Monica Mary Gardner
Somewhere Calmana and Dibora are mentioned as daughters of Adam, but I know not whether the authors are worthy of credence.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
In truth I could not give credence to such a thought.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Where else would credence have been given to the phenomenon of a crystal that seemed to radiate in a nonelectromagnetic way?
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
This is seemingly absurd, but not too ridiculous to obtain credence with a people excited and suspicious.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Since I had unveiled his plot, even though no credence was given it, still Holgate was harmless.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
Everywhere they have become an ordinary topic of conversation, everywhere they have met with ready credence.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Being thus reasonably limited in its scope, it more easily obtained credence.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
A practical fellow, who could understand science when it was taught him, but certainly never could give credence to mysticism.
"The World Beyond" by Raymond King Cummings
Beside him, upon a credence-table, was another book.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo

In poetry:

I would have taken the page
breathing in the crime!
For no evidence have I wrung from dreams—
yet what triumph is there in private credence?
"I Held A Shelley Manuscript" by Gregory Corso
Thus pray'd the prince; the focal flames aspire,
The mute beholders tremble and retire,
Gaze on the miracle, full credence own,
And vow obedience to the sacred Sun.
"The Columbiad: Book III" by Joel Barlow
"Little Margaret sayeth a dead man lies
By the western spring, Sir Hugh;
I can scarce believe that the maiden lies —
Yet scarce can believe her true."
And the knight replies, "Till we test her eyes
Let her words gain credence due."
"Fauconshawe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon

In news:

Tubby's move to Minnesota lends credence to old UVa rumors.
Microsoft Taps Former Rational Heavyweight to Lend Credence to Enterprise Tools Play.
The rich should be a law-abiding lot if the theory that crime has its roots in poverty has any credence.
Parental rights count for much, but courts today are giving more credence to claims from a child's primary caregiver.
Now, In Touch Weekly is giving some credence to those rumors with a new report that Jada has met with a divorce attorney .
Eugene Robinson is usually so far to the left that I don't give him much credence but his Nov 7 commentary, "Keeping the next storm at bay," is right on target.
Westerners don't put enough credence in time-tested botanical remedies.
THE assassination last week of Sheik Hassan Khaled, the religious leader of Lebanon's 700,000 Sunni Muslims, lent credence to an adage produced here by 14 years of civil war.
Giving credence to reports that singer Whitney Houston may have drowned in her bathtub, TMZ reports that the singer was found underwater when her body was discovered yesterday (Feb 11).
Marriage is under assault again in this country, as fewer adults choose to tie the matrimonial knot while the Left continues to lend civil and economic credence to unions of same-sex partners.
A British laboratory has found traces of mustard gas in soil samples taken from Iraqi Kurdistan, lending credence to allegations that Iraq has been using chemical weapons in a drive to debilitate its Kurdish population.
Two new studies of college football players add credence to the idea that athletes should stay on the sideline for a week after their concussion symptoms disappear.
A new turn of the wheel at UNC-Chapel Hill adds credence to Naomi Schaefer Riley's assertion that it's time to reassess their value and intent.
The results give credence to some tried-and-true program elements, yet yield some surprises for organizers about what truly motivates .
It's hard to put too much credence in St John's 66-56 win over Georgia in Wednesday's SEC/Big East Invitational.

In science:

Other interesting observations on Duality in supergravities and perturbative String theory lent credence to Duality as a key ingredient of a Unif ied Theory, whatever it would be. A most promising way we could follow in our quest for a Unif ied Theory is the Superstring theory [52, 66, 90].
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
These observations lend credence to the local formulation of action for the duality-symmetric linearized gravity.
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
By demonstrating that GRBs were isotropic in their arrival distribution, BATSE, onboard the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, gave credence to the idea that GRBs were cosmological in origin.
The Status of VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy
In either case, null results at this level would point to L-R mixing that is substantially non-maximal and lend experimental credence to the alignment hypothesis.
Nuclei as Laboratories: Nuclear Tests of Fundamental Symmetries
In general, the results from the techniques corroborate each other so the fact they are based on different principles lends credence to the conclusions.
A Bayesian test for excess zeros in a zero-inflated power series distribution
Within the errors, the good agreement with the default ExHuME prediction up to masses in the region of the standard model Higgs mass predicted from global fits to electroweak data lends credence to the calculation of Ref. 9) for exclusive Higgs boson production at the LHC.
Diffractive and Exclusive (Higgs?) Production from CDF to LHC
This lends some credence to similar attempts to estimate the rate for KL → γ γ π0 (a process to be described below). 3.
Present and Future Aspects of CP Violation
This example lends credence to the idea of having thousands of daughter boards commercially assembled with few failures.
QCDSP: The first 64 nodes
The fact that the top quark is heavy and there are no heavier quarks (at least probably not) lends some credence to the idea that the top quark is special.
Top quark physics at muon and other future colliders
Substantial contributions from strange quarks in the axial-vector and scalar current matrix elements would seem to imply similar such contributions to the vector current, but this would jeopardize the SU (6) prediction of the neutron to proton magnetic moment ratio, which lends credence to the valence quark picture.
News from the lattice
This lends credence that this is the correct energy-momentum tensor to use for the DiracSchwinger relation.
An Example of Poincare Symmetry with a Central Charge
This lends some credence to the conjecture SEP → General Relativity.
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment: A 1998 Update
Moreover, the recent discovery of the very metal poor star HE 0107-5240 (Christlieb et al. 2002) has added credence to the possibility that low-mass primordial stars were formed.
Calculated spectra for HeH+ and its effect on the opacity of cool metal poor stars
In this way we are able to assess, to some extent, the credence of our sample using a multi epoch approach, which complements spectroscopic confirmation.
Ultra-cool dwarfs: new discoveries, proper motions, and improved spectral typing from SDSS and 2MASS photometric colors
This last remark lends credence to the belief that the symbols for which Mf is pavable are perhaps a proper subspace of L∞([0, 1]).
Syndetic Sets, Paving, and the Feichtinger Conjecture