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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Hence the reason why men of the world scorn religious men, and you know contempt usually ends in disbelief.

    The Cambrian Sketch-Book R. Rice Davies
  • He shall be taught the reasonableness of Christianity, and the nothingness of disbelief.

  • A belief in sentiment means a disbelief in competence and strength, and that is the last and fatalest heresy.

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Again the dark-eyed woman smiled in disbelief, and it annoyed me.

    The Stretton Street Affair William Le Queux
  • He has been hugely vituperated by evolutionary philosophers for his mania for the "age of gold" and his disbelief in progress.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
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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