article of faith

noun
a fundamental belief; tenet.
Also called article of belief.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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article of faith
 
n
1.  Christianity any of the clauses or propositions into which a creed or other statement of doctrine is divided
2.  a deeply held belief

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Example sentences
If there is an article of faith in computer science, it's that everything can
  keep getting faster and faster.
For years, an article of faith in this country has been that college is the
  gateway to a better life.
The evolution of vision is nothing more than an article of faith.
It's an article of faith that the key to success in real estate is location,
  location, location.
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