Belief vs. Faith



Mental acceptance of a claim as true.

‘It's my belief that the thief is somebody known to us.’;


The process of forming or understanding abstractions, ideas, or beliefs, without empirical evidence, experience or observation.

‘I have faith that my prayers will be answered.’; ‘I have faith in the healing power of crystals.’;


Faith or trust in the reality of something; often based upon one's own reasoning, trust in a claim, desire of actuality, and/or evidence considered.

‘My belief is that there is a bear in the woods. Bill said he saw one.’; ‘Based on this data, it is our belief that X does not occur.’;


A religious belief system.

‘The Christian faith.’;


(countable) Something believed.

‘The ancient people have a belief in many deities.’;


An obligation of loyalty or fidelity and the observance of such an obligation.

‘He acted in good faith to restore broken diplomatic ties after defeating the incumbent.’;


(uncountable) The quality or state of believing.

‘My belief that it will rain tomorrow is strong.’;


A trust or confidence in the intentions or abilities of a person, object, or ideal.

‘I have faith in the goodness of my fellow man.’; ‘You need to have faith in yourself, that you can overcome your shortcomings and become a good person.’;


(uncountable) Religious faith.

‘She often said it was her belief that carried her through the hard times.’;


(obsolete) Credibility or truth.


(in the plural) One's religious or moral convictions.

‘I don't want to do a no-fault divorce on my husband and steal from him under color of law. It's against my beliefs.’;


Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony.


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.’;


The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth.

‘Faith, that is, fidelity, - the fealty of the finite will and understanding to the reason.’;


A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.

‘No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.’;


The belief in the historic truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith.

‘Without faith it is impossible to please him [God].’; ‘The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind which is called "trust" or "confidence" exercised toward the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior.’; ‘Faith is an affectionate, practical confidence in the testimony of God.’;


The thing believed; the object of belief.

‘Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.’;


That which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; especially (Theol.), a system of religious belief of any kind; as, the Jewish or Mohammedan faith; the Christian faith; also, the creed or belief of a Christian society or church.

‘Which to believe of her,Must be a faith that reason without miracleCould never plant in me.’; ‘Now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.’;


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.’;


Fidelity to one's promises, or allegiance to duty, or to a person honored and beloved; loyalty.

‘Children in whom is no faith.’; ‘Whose failing, while her faith to me remains,I should conceal.’;


any cognitive content held as true


Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity; as, he violated his faith.

‘For you aloneI broke me faith with injured Palamon.’;


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’;


Credibility or truth.

‘The faith of the foregoing narrative.’;


A belief is an attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition about the world is true. In epistemology, philosophers use the term to refer to attitudes about the world which can be either true or false.



By my faith; in truth; verily.


a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny;

‘he lost his faith but not his morality’;


complete confidence in a person or plan etc;

‘he cherished the faith of a good woman’; ‘the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust’;


institution to express belief in a divine power;

‘he was raised in the Baptist religion’; ‘a member of his own faith contradicted him’;


loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person;

‘keep the faith’; ‘they broke faith with their investors’;


Faith, derived from Latin fides and Old French feid, is confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept. In the context of religion, one can define faith as .

‘belief in a god or in the doctrines or teachings of religion’;

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