• WordNet 3.6
    • v disbelieve reject as false; refuse to accept
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Disbelieve Not to believe; to refuse belief or credence to; to hold not to be true or actual. "Assertions for which there is abundant positive evidence are often disbelieved , on account of what is called their improbability or impossibility."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disbelieve To reject the truth or reality of; hold to be untrue or non-existent; refuse to credit.
    • disbelieve Not to believe; to deny the truth of any position; refuse to believe in some proposition or statement; especially, to refuse belief in a divine revelation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disbelieve dis-be-lēv′ to refuse belief or credit to: to deny the truth of, esp. of religious dogmas
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  • George Orwell
    “He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him).”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.”
  • William James
    “As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”


In literature:

I had always disbelieved in instinct and intuition and I disbelieved still.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
I remembered his opinions ... he was a disbeliever in war ... why, then, was he in the army?
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
I know my man, and will as soon disbelieve in Heaven as in him.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
Do you believe me, or disbelieve me?
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
I had always disbelieved in long engagements, had always been very outspoken against them, in fact.
"Ashton-Kirk, Investigator" by John T. McIntyre
If my story was disbelieved it only made it worse for you.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
Claribel Spring looked around her, almost disbelieving that such a thing could happen in such a place.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
If I believed wholly in your cause, or if I wholly disbelieved in it, my work would not have been good.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
Ella, too, had heard it, and trembled whilst she disbelieved its truth.
"Sketches And Tales Illustrative Of Life In The Backwoods Of New Brunswick" by Mrs. F. Beavan
If we would attain to knowledge of anything in God's true Creation, let us disbelieve them wholly!
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various

In poetry:

Fair one, 'tis yourself deceiving,
'Tis against your reason's laws;
Atheist-like (th' effect perceiving)
Still to disbelieve the cause.
"Songs Set To Music: 12. Set" by Matthew Prior
Because in Moses' rules I never trod,
Because those sacred truths I disbeliev'd,
Because I never kept the laws of God,
It was that I so very vilely liv'd.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
However deep be the mysterious word,
However dark, she disbelieves it not;
Where Reason would examine, Faith obeys,
And "It is written," answers every doubt.
"Faith" by Caroline Fry
They led a weird and reckless life,
They dined each day, this man and wife
(Pray disbelieve it, if you please),
On a joint of meat, a pudding, and a little bit of cheese.
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The thought that caused my heart to bleed most freely:
I've always tried to go the true love's route,
And then to think my only heart's affection,
Myself and word did disbelieve and doubt.
"Love Regained" by Frank Barbour Coffin
FOOL! said the other, little thou can'st know;
For once, to me some information owe;
In such a case much skill is not required,
And Alan freely gave what I desired.
If me thou disbeliev'st, thy mother ask;
She thoroughly can undertake the task.
"The Progress Of Wit" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

When we read disbelievingly about militia groups in various states and the anti-government mood that prevails in this country, we have only to read Bernadine Healy's July 3 Op-Ed article.
"I still need to be pinched," one disbelieving fan said.
Abused children still ' routinely disbelieved', MPs warn.
To believe in God as good and as creator, one must disbelieve in condemnation.

In science:

Depending upon how much one believes there is signal in these data, one could choose the dashed curve (believer) or the dotted curve (disbeliever) to separate signal from background.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
But unless one disbelieves quantum mechanics, all matter is described as waves.
Polariton Condensation and Lasing
Although more sophisticated models give slightly different expectations of the maximal asymptotic size of dn (as pointed out by Granville ), there appears no reason to disbelieve a conjecture such as dn ≪ (log pn )2+ǫ .
On the difference between consecutive primes