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TOEFL BNC: 1291 COCA: 1378


belief /bəˈliːf/ noun
plural beliefs
plural beliefs
Learner's definition of BELIEF
: a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true信念;信心
often + in
often + that
compare disbelief
[singular] : a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable信任;信赖+ in
[singular] : a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone信心+ in
[count] : something that a person accepts as true or right : a strongly held opinion about something信仰:信念
compare unbelief
[noncount] : the state of being accepted as true : the state of being believed信;相信

beyond belief

: not capable of being believed难以置信

to the best of your belief

◊ If you say something is to the best of your belief, you mean that it agrees with what you know and believe to be true.据…所知
TOEFL BNC: 1291 COCA: 1378



be·​lief bə-ˈlēf How to pronounce belief (audio)
: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing
her belief in God
a belief in democracy
I bought the table in the belief that it was an antique.
contrary to popular belief
: something that is accepted, considered to be true, or held as an opinion : something believed
an individual's religious or political beliefs
especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group
the beliefs of the Catholic Church
: conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence
belief in the validity of scientific statements


Choose the Right Synonym for belief

belief, faith, credence, credit mean assent to the truth of something offered for acceptance.

belief may or may not imply certitude in the believer.

my belief that I had caught all the errors

faith almost always implies certitude even where there is no evidence or proof.

an unshakable faith in God

credence suggests intellectual assent without implying anything about grounds for assent.

a theory now given credence by scientists

credit may imply assent on grounds other than direct proof.

gave full credit to the statement of a reputable witness

synonyms see in addition opinion

Example Sentences

There is growing belief that these policies will not succeed. He gets angry if anyone challenges his religious beliefs. We challenged his beliefs about religion.
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Word History


Middle English beleave, probably alteration of Old English gelēafa, from ge-, associative prefix + lēafa; akin to Old English lȳfan — more at believe

First Known Use

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of belief was in the 12th century
TOEFL BNC: 1291 COCA: 1378


ADJECTIVE | ... OF BELIEFS | VERB + BELIEF | BELIEF + VERB | BELIEF + NOUN | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEabsolute, deep-seated, deeply held, fervent, firm, passionate, profound, strong, strongly held, unshakable, unwavering絕對的信仰;根深蒂固的信念;強烈的信念;堅定的信仰;不可動搖的信仰genuine, sincere真誠的信念;誠摯的信仰She was strict with her children in the genuine belief that it was the right thing to do.她對孩子很嚴,因為她深信這樣做是正確的。common, commonly held, general, popular, widely held, widespread共同的信仰;普遍的信念;廣泛傳播的信仰mutual, shared共同的信念They had a shared belief in the power of education.他們都相信教育的力量。growing逐漸確立的信念long-held, long-standing長久的信念basic, central, core, fundamental基本信念;核心信仰the basic beliefs of Christianity基督教的基本信仰personal, private個人信仰I think the rights and wrongs of eating meat are a matter of personal belief.我認為食肉是對還是錯是個人信仰問題。rational, reasonable理性的信仰;合理的看法irrational, superstitious非理性的信仰;迷信paranormal, supernatural超常的/超自然的信仰instinctive本能的想法naive幼稚的想法strange奇怪的想法conflicting, contradictory矛盾的想法erroneous, false, misguided, mistaken錯誤的想法;被誤導的想法I took the job in the mistaken belief that I would be able to stay in Philadelphia.我接受了那份工作,錯以為這樣就能留在費城。ancient, folk, traditional古老的/民間的/傳統信仰The people still follow their traditional beliefs.那些人仍然遵循傳統的信仰。orthodox正統的信仰cultural, moral, philosophical, political, religious, spiritual, theological文化/道德/哲學/政治/宗教/精神/神學信仰They were persecuted for their religious beliefs.他們因宗教信仰而遭受迫害。Catholic, Christian, pagan, etc.天主教、基督教、異教等信仰... OF BELIEFSset, system一套信仰;一種信仰體系Each religion has its set of beliefs.每個宗教都有一套信仰。VERB + BELIEFespouse, have, hold信奉;相信;有信念I have very firm beliefs about moral issues.我在道德問題上持有非常堅定的信念。share有共同信念He shared his father's belief that people should work hard for their living.他和他的父親都相信人應該為生活而努力工作。adhere to, cherish, cling to, follow, hold on to, stick to堅守信仰;抱有信念;堅持信念;恪守信條She clung to the belief that he would come back to her.她始終相信他會回到自己身邊。The party must stick to its beliefs.黨必須堅持自己的信仰。abandon, give up, renounce放棄信仰;宣佈放棄信仰lose失去信仰She has lost her belief in God.她已不再信仰上帝。affirm, assert, declare, express, state堅稱信仰;表達信仰;闡明信仰Here the apostle Peter affirms his belief that the scriptures are 'inspired'.使徒彼得在此表示他堅信《聖經》是“受了神的啟示”。emphasize, stress強調信仰encourage, foster, fuel促使相信The exam results encouraged the belief that he was a good teacher.考試結果使人們相信他是位好老師。confirm, justify, reaffirm, reinforce, strengthen, support, validate使更加相信;強化信仰This latest evidence strengthens our belief that the government is doing the right thing.最新的跡象使我們更加相信政府的做法是對的。reconcile調和信仰an attempt to reconcile apparently opposite beliefs為調和看似相互對立的信仰作出的努力contradict與信仰相矛盾challenge, question, shake, shatter, undermine, weaken質疑信仰;動搖信念;使不再相信The child's death shook her belief in God.孩子夭折動搖了她對上帝的信仰。respect尊重信仰You must respect other people's beliefs.你必須尊重他人的信仰。impose把信仰強加於He tried to impose his beliefs on other people.他試圖把自己的信仰強加於人。beggar, defy使人難以相信It defies belief how things got this bad.事情竟會變得如此糟糕,這真讓人難以置信。BELIEF + VERBpersist信念堅持不變Belief in the magical properties of this herb persisted down the centuries.對這種草藥的神奇功能的篤信延續了好幾個世紀。BELIEF + NOUNsystem信仰體系PREPOSITIONbeyond belief (= too great, difficult, etc. to be believed) 令人難以置信Dissatisfaction with the government has grown beyond belief.對政府的不滿已經到了令人難以置信的地步。icy air that was cold beyond belief冷得令人難以置信的寒氣in the belief that因相信⋯She did it in the belief that it would help her career.她這樣做是因為她相信這有助於自己的事業。belief about對⋯的看法beliefs about the origin of the universe對宇宙起源的看法belief among⋯中的看法There is a belief among young people that education is a waste of time.年輕人中有一種觀點認為教育是在浪費時間。belief in信仰⋯a belief in God信仰上帝PHRASEScontrary to popular belief (= in spite of what people think) 與大家的看法相反Contrary to popular belief, deserts are not always hot.與大家的看法相反,沙漠並不總是炎熱的。
TOEFL BNC: 1291 COCA: 1378
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0_0: Translations of belief
  • # n.
    想法: belief, idea, opinion, view
    信奉: adherence, belief
    信念: belief, conviction, faith, persuasion, principium, principle
    信條: belief, credo, creed, dogma, symbol, tenet
    信心: belief, confidence, confident, faith, hope, surety
    信仰: belief, conviction, faith, godliness, gospel, religion
    意見: application, attitude, belief, complaint, criticism, design
    意思: activity, attention, attitude, belief, concentration, connotation

0_0: Definitions of belief
  • # noun.
    - an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.
    * his belief in the value of hard work
    - trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.
    * I've still got belief in myself

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