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[kreed-ns] /ˈkrid ns/
belief as to the truth of something:
to give credence to a claim.
something giving a claim to belief or confidence:
letter of credence.
Also called credence table, credenza. Ecclesiastical. a small side table, shelf, or niche for holding articles used in the Eucharist service.
Furniture. credenza (def 1).
Origin of credence
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence
Related forms
noncredence, noun
1. credit, faith, confidence. Unabridged
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  • You are the slave to the opinions which have credence among the people you have known and have read about.

    The Sea-Wolf Jack London
  • Vincent had risen to fetch the cruets from the credence table.

  • No credence seems to have been given to the story at first, though it was told by another Hamilton, a cousin of the culprit.

    Royal Edinburgh Margaret Oliphant
  • There was a whisper, that my master was my father; yet it was only a whisper, and I cannot say that I ever gave it credence.

    My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
  • Dante seems to have been uncertain what credence to give to the claims of astrology.

  • None of the later historians has given any credence to this theory.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • The High Altar, the credence table, and sedilia, are excellent examples of modern work.

British Dictionary definitions for credence


acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I cannot give credence to his account
something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
short for credence table
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe
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Word Origin and History for credence

mid-14c., from Medieval Latin credentia "belief," from Latin credentum (nominative credens), past participle of credere "believe, trust" (see credo).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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