disbelief

[dis-bi-leef] /ˌdɪs bɪˈlif/
noun
1.
the inability or refusal to believe or to accept something as true.
2.
amazement; astonishment:
"We stared at the Taj Mahal in disbelief."
Origin
1665–75; dis-1 + belief
Can be confused
disbelief, misbelief, unbelief.
Example Sentences 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
disbelief (ˌdɪsbɪˈliːf)
 
n
refusal or reluctance to believe

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Word Origin and History for disbelief
disbelief
1670s, from dis- + belief.
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