credence table


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 ).

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French credence < Medieval Latin crēdentia. See credent, -ence

noncredence, noun

1. credit, faith, confidence. Unabridged
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credence (ˈkriːdəns)
1.  acceptance or belief, esp with regard to the truth of the evidence of others: I cannot give credence to his account
2.  something supporting a claim to belief; recommendation; credential (esp in the phrase letters of credence)
3.  short for credence table
[C14: from Medieval Latin crēdentia trust, credit, from Latin crēdere to believe]

credence table
1.  a small sideboard, originally one at which food was tasted for poison before serving
2.  Christianity a small table or ledge on which the bread, wine, etc, are placed before being consecrated in the Eucharist

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from M.L. credentia, from L. credentum (nom. credens), pp. of credere "believe, trust."
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