disbelief

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n disbelief doubt about the truth of something
    • n disbelief a rejection of belief
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disbelief The act of disbelieving;; a state of the mind in which one is fully persuaded that an opinion, assertion, or doctrine is not true; refusal of assent, credit, or credence; denial of belief. "Our belief or disbelief of a thing does not alter the nature of the thing.""No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness that disbelief in great men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disbelief Positive unbelief; the conviction that a proposition or statement for which credence is demanded is not true.
    • n disbelief A negation or denial of the truth of some particular thing.
    • n disbelief Synonyms Disbelief, Unbelief, incredulity, distrust, skepticism, infidelity. Disbelief is more commonly used to express an active mental opposition which does not imply a blameworthy disregard of evidence. Unbelief may be a simple failure to believe from lack of evidence or knowledge; but its theological use has given it also the force of wilful opposition to the truth.
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “No sadder proof can be given of a person's own tiny stature, than their disbelief in great people.”
  • Frank Barron
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    “The refusal to choose is a form of choice; disbelief is a form of belief.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
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    “To believe what has not occurred in history will not occur at all, is to argue disbelief in the dignity of man.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.”
  • W. Clement Stone
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    “Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.”

Usage

In literature:

The general disbelief of the public was, however, a great obstacle to the prosperity of the infant enterprise.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
It was disbelief, doubt, that he abhorred.
"The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon
His cold grin of frank disbelief roused her to furious indignation.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The two together are a great work, striking at the very roots of disbelief.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
Rivero glancing at me quickly raised his shoulders with a gesture of disbelief.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
Astounded, jubilant, in utter disbelief of his own senses, Roddy sat motionless.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
He is proud of a disbelief in Himself.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
It betrayed bitterness, a loss of ideals, a disbelief in love; it was not uplifting.
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
It is the disbelief in the Divine image in Man that makes the cynic and the pessimist.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
As if he expected disbelief.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
The very French, at different times, have mocked at her memory, in ignorance and disbelief.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
In the country generally the first impulse of generous disbelief was followed by a period of pained and reserved expectancy.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Not having met with any detail of their reasons for disbelief, I am only able to state their bare assertion.
"Notes and Queries, Number 231, April 1, 1854" by Various
He looked back at the laboratory and gasped in disbelief.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
His blind eyes were roving over her with an expression of disbelief.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
She had no reason for disbelief.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Baibars saw the disbelief of his officers.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Master Will made an angry signal of disbelief; and strode forward down the lists to see for himself.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
His eyes stared ahead in disbelief.
"The Day of the Dog" by Anderson Horne
The poor Scarecrow had been so taken aback by this cool reception that he just stared in disbelief.
"The Royal Book of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
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In poetry:

When my mirages fade,
I am afraid;
And when I cry my disbelief afar
In God and conscience, turning, there they are!
"Keepers On The Tower" by Benjamin Musser
Still, latter-day sages,
Smiling at this behavior, subjugating their enemies
Neatly, nicely, by disbelief or bridges,
Never grip, as the grandsires did, that devil who chuckles
From grain of the marrow and the river-bed grains.
"A Lesson In Vengeance" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

How a desperate HP suspended disbelief for Autonomy deal.
It's a story that has many people in disbelief.
In this video we get to see three year-old Lucas in the throes of pure grief and disbelief at what's transpired.
Fans are taking to Twitter to express grief and disbelief over the death of Jenni Rivera.
The sudden and shocking suicide of British designer Alexander McQueen cast a funereal pall over Fashion Week, with his loss marked by tears, disbelief and a moment of silence.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Eli Manning stood on the New York Giants' sideline in disbelief when it looked as if the Dallas Cowboys had scored a go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds to play.
When I heard of the sudden passing of Bill Stewart, like most of you, I was in disbelief for a time.
"You missed the beginning where everybody's cussin' about her," the volunteer at the table outside the "leaders only" screening of the new Sarah Palin documentary, The Undefeated, told me last month, shaking his head in disbelief.
For some, half of the fun of sarcasm is watching in disbelief when people take your outlandish statements seriously.
A community is in disbelief after 15-year-old Christina Morris Ward was killed after being struck by a car Wednesday morning.
The tea party movement and the Republican Party watched in disbelief as America re-elected Barack Obama.
Another bloody episode in a school has Americans shaking their heads in disbelief and has brought tears to many eyes.
Watching Louisa Raske, horse enthusiast with twenty years of riding experience under the belt, mount her off-the-track thoroughbred aptly named Totally Impressive, requires total suspension of disbelief.
I know that when I was in college, I tried disbelief on for size.
When the Center for Investigative Reporting published a bombshell report last month that the late Black Panther Richard Aoki was an FBI informant , the news was met with disbelief.
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In science:

However, such straight lines appear practically neither in physics, nor in mathematics, and mathematicians relate with disbelief to the statement on multivariance of a geometry.
Monistic conception of geometry
Its proper enjoyment calls for a willing suspension of disbelief for the moment.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
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