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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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  • 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
  • They stared at each other in disbelief of what their eyes had registered.

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

    The Half-Hearted John Buchan
  • Galusha was quite emphatic in his expression of disbelief in that possibility.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • 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
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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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