Beliefs



something believed; an opinion or conviction:
a belief that the earth is flat.
confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof:
a statement unworthy of belief.
confidence; faith; trust:
a child’s belief in his parents.
a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith:
the Christian belief.
Contemporary Examples

A Victory for ‘Religious Freedom’ is a Loss for Religion Gene Robinson June 7, 2014
Hunting the Obama Haters John Avlon December 4, 2008
Egypt’s First Woman President? Ursula Lindsey May 19, 2011
The Virgin Mary Becomes Pop Symbol Judith Dupre December 10, 2010
‘T’ is for ‘Texas Textbooks’ Diane Ravitch March 13, 2010

Historical Examples

The Singing Mouse Stories Emerson Hough
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
The Works of Honor de Balzac Honor de Balzac
The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
A Review of the Systems of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution C. M. Williams

noun
a principle, proposition, idea, etc, accepted as true
opinion; conviction
religious faith
trust or confidence, as in a person or a person’s abilities, probity, etc
n.

“The be-, which is not a natural prefix of nouns, was prefixed on the analogy of the vb. (where it is naturally an intensive) …. [OED]

Belief used to mean “trust in God,” while faith meant “loyalty to a person based on promise or duty” (a sense preserved in keep one’s faith, in good (or bad) faith and in common usage of faithful, faithless, which contain no notion of divinity). But faith, as cognate of Latin fides, took on the religious sense beginning in 14c. translations, and belief had by 16c. become limited to “mental acceptance of something as true,” from the religious use in the sense of “things held to be true as a matter of religious doctrine” (a sense attested from early 13c.).

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