belief

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n belief a vague idea in which some confidence is placed "his impression of her was favorable","what are your feelings about the crisis?","it strengthened my belief in his sincerity","I had a feeling that she was lying"
    • n belief any cognitive content held as true
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women wear engagement and wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand because an ancient belief held that a delicate nerve runs directly from that finger to the heart.
    • Belief (Theol) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith. "No man can attain [to belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth."
    • Belief A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed. "In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation."
    • Belief Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or testimony; partial or full assurance without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence; as, belief of a witness; the belief of our senses. "Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance."
    • Belief The thing believed; the object of belief. "Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating, they sweat through the pads of their feet.
    • n belief Confidence reposed in any person or thing; faith; trust: as, a child's belief in his parents.
    • n belief A conviction of the truth of a given proposition or an alleged fact, resting upon grounds insufficient to constitute positive knowledge. Knowledge is a state of mind which necessarily implies a corresponding state of things; belief is a state of mind merely, and does not necessarily involve a corresponding state of things. But belief is sometimes used to include the absolute conviction or certainty which accompanies knowledge.
    • n belief Persuasion of the truth of a proposition, but with the consciousness that the positive evidence for it is insufficient or wanting; especially, assurance of the truth of what rests chiefly or solely upon authority. In this sense, the word sometimes implies that the proposition is admitted as only probable.
    • n belief That which is believed; an object of belief.
    • n belief The whole body of tenets held by the professors of any faith.
    • n belief A creed; a formula embodying the essential doctrines of a religion or a church.
    • n belief Synonyms and Opinion, Conviction, etc. (see persuasion); credence, trust, credit, confidence. Doctrine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Contrary to popular belief, there are almost no Buddhists in India, nor have there been for about a thousand years.
    • n Belief persuasion of the truth of anything: faith: the opinion or doctrine believed: intuition, natural judgment (as used by some philosophers)
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Quotations

  • Peggy Noonan
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    “My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in our Cabernet stage.”
  • Dr. Robert Anthony
    Dr. Robert Anthony
    “If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?”
  • Les Brown
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    “Your level of belief in yourself will inevitably manifest itself in whatever you do.”
  • Samuel Butler
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    “Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.”
  • Norman Cousins
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    “Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “All the great ages have been ages of belief.”

Idioms

Beyond belief - If people behave in such a way that you find it almost impossible to accept that they actually did it, then you can say that their behaviour was beyond belief.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bileafe, bileve,; cf. AS. geleáfa,. See Believe
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:

The belief that it is wrong to take life is a belief with them as strong as any belief could be.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
That this is with them a matter of hope, or pious belief, is made clear by their conversation.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Such a belief is impossible.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
In the first place it involves an element of belief.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Belief in the vitalizing power of the rod may be found embalmed in many a curious mediaeval legend.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
This was the Puritan belief in England in the seventeenth century.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
It is a belief in one god as distinct from the belief in several gods.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Men talk of belief as though it were a settled thing.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Intuitively we know that any belief that is not in harmony with the facts of life is a wrong belief.
"Elementary Theosophy" by L. W. Rogers
It is not belief based on evidence, but the evidence and the belief in one.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

Ye wee minor prophet,
It's 'maist my belief
'At I'm doon in Tophet,
And you abune grief!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
STRAIGHT thinking,
Straight talking,
Straight doing,
And a firm belief in the might of right.
"An American Creed" by Everard Jack Appleton
Of lust frightful, past belief,
Lurking unforgotten,
Unrestrainable endless grief
From breasts long rotten.
"Ghost Raddled" by Robert Graves
THE old Chimaeras, old receipts
For making "happy land,"
The old political beliefs
Swam close before my hand.
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pray! At the word a cloudy grief
Around me folds its pall:
Nothing I have to call belief!
How can I pray at all?
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
She never has that vain belief
That someone's watching her as chief
And asking every one in brief—
"Who is she?"
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

We all have right to express our political beliefs.
No, goldenrod doesn't cause hay fever , contrary to popular belief.
P araphrasing a horribly-written entry from Wikipedia: superstition is a belief in supernatural causality, that one event causes another, and that the connection between the two contradicts natural science.
Somehow, Queens Republican Dan Halloran survived a lot of talk about his pre-Christian religious beliefs to capture Tony Avella's City Council seat last night.
But the belief that God inheres in life itself suggests Taylor's Hegelianism and the dialectical fantasy that an indwelling "spirit" governs the material world.
The belief that Nebraska would waltz through the Big Ten in Year 1 as a league member turned out to be farfetched.
The battle of beliefs over the idea that gays can become heterosexual will play out today at two events in Colorado Springs.
Doctor Uma Mysorekar, President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America, tells us about the festival and key Hindu beliefs.
Reincarnation, and its accompanying rule of karma, is the belief that unifies adherents from all Hindu sects.
Mitt Romney was asked about his beliefs on equal rights for gay people and he answered true, fully stating it is against his religious beliefs.
A Religious Studies class was studying how religion interacts with culture and how faithful people deal with a society that counters religious beliefs.
UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is unequivocal in the belief that Saturday's title defense in Las Vegas against Frank Mir will be his first of many.
Are we really free if we are bound to dogmatic beliefs.
Soldiers who don't believe in God can go to war with "Atheist" stamped on their dog tags, but humanists and others with various secular beliefs are still officially invisible in the.
I live like an ordinary American, except for my lack of belief in any god.
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In science:

For readers familiar with Dempster-Shafer belief functions (Shafer,  ), they provide another example of a plausibility measure.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
There are two well-known ways of de(cid:12)ning conditioning for belief functions (see (Fagin & Halpern,  )), one using Dempster's rule of combination and the other treating belief functions as lower probabilities.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Neither leads to an algebraic cps, which is why I have not discussed belief functions in this paper.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Fagin, R., & Halpern, J. Y. ( ). A new approach to updating beliefs.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Rank-based systems: A simple approach to belief revision, belief update and reasoning about evidence and actions.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
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