1 trust, dependence, reliance, confidence, faith, security, assurance:
He retains his belief in the divine right of kings.
2 acceptance, credence; assent:
His statements are unworthy of belief.
3 tenet, view, idea, sentiment, conviction, doctrine, dogma, principle(s), axiom, maxim, creed, opinion, persuasion:
The belief that there is no God is as definite a creed as the belief in one God or in many gods.
4 intuition, judgement:
It is her belief that nuclear energy will eventually prove economical.
absolute, deep-seated, deeply held, fervent, firm, passionate, profound, strong, strongly held, unshakeable | genuine, honest, sincere
She was strict with her children in the genuine belief that it was the right thing to do.
| entrenched, fanatical | common, commonly held, general, popular, widely held, widespread | growing | long-held, long-standing |
belief how things could have got this bad.
BELIEF + VERB
Belief in the magical properties of this herb persisted down the centuries.
BELIEF + NOUN
(= too great, difficult, etc. to be believed)Dissatisfaction with the government has grown beyond belief. icy air that was cold beyond belief
| in the ~ that
She did it in the belief that it would
basic, central, core, fundamental
the basic beliefs of Christianityhelp her career.
| ~ about
| personal, private
I think the rights and wrongs of eating meat are a matter of personal belief.
| rational, reasonable | irrational, superstitious | instinctive | naive | strange | conflicting, contradictory | erroneous, false, misguided, mistaken
I took the job in the mistaken belief that I would be able to stay in London.
| ancient, traditional
The people still follow their traditional beliefs.
| orthodox | cultural, moral, political, religious, spiritual
They were persecuted for their religious beliefs.
| Catholic, Christian, pagan, etc.
Each religion has its set of beliefs.
VERB + BELIEF
I have very firm beliefs about moral issues.
He shared his father's belief that people should work hard for their living.
| adhere to, cling to, follow, hold on to, stick to
She clung to the belief that he would come back to her. The Labour Party must stick to its beliefs.
| abandon, give up, renounce | lose
She has lost her belief in God.
| affirm, assert, declare, express, state
Here the apostle Peter affirms his belief that the scriptures are ‘inspired’.
| emphasize, stress | encourage, foster, fuel
The exam results encouraged the belief that he was a good teacher.
| confirm, reinforce, strengthen, support
This latest evidence strengthens our belief that the government is doing the right thing.
| question, shake, shatter, undermine, weaken
The child's death shook her belief in God.
You must respect other people's beliefs.
| beggar, defy
(= to be impossible to believe)It beggars about the origin of the universe
| ~ among
There is a belief among young people that education is a waste of time.
| ~ in
a belief in God
contrary to popular belief
(= in spite of what people think)Contrary to popular belief, rainforests are not jungles through which you have to slash a path.
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