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[dis-bi-leef] /ˌdɪs bɪˈlif/
the inability or refusal to believe or to accept something as true.
amazement; astonishment:
We stared at the Taj Mahal in disbelief.
Origin of disbelief
1665-75; dis-1 + belief
Can be confused
disbelief, misbelief, unbelief. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disbelief
  • She has apologized for that statement, which must have been uttered in a moment of disbelief.
  • Several people expressed disbelief and fired off questions to help them make sense of it.
  • He recalls the president's stunned disbelief when he told him that he could run up more debt than all his predecessors combined.
  • We need to stop the disbelief and denial, concentrating our efforts instead on proper diagnosis and treatment.
  • Levine wanted the technical content to sound real, so it would suspend the disbelief of his audience.
  • And the kids, huddling around the little smoking fire of cow chips will shake their heads in disbelief.
  • Boll seems out to shock his audience into stunned disbelief rather than actually entertain them.
  • It really does not take a lot of gee-whiz suspension of disbelief.
  • Standing there with your arms out feels a little odd at first, but is soon forgotten as disbelief is happily suspended.
  • Similar to fractional reserve banking, it requires a bit of suspension of disbelief in order to work.
British Dictionary definitions for disbelief


refusal or reluctance to believe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disbelief

1670s; see dis- + belief. A Latin-Germanic hybrid.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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