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disbelieve

[dis-bi-leev] /ˌdɪs bɪˈliv/
verb (used with object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
1.
to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in:
to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
verb (used without object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
2.
to refuse or reject belief; have no belief.
Origin of disbelieve
1635-1645
1635-45; dis-1 + believe
Related forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelievingly, adverb
Can be confused
disbelieve, misbelieve.
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  • No young fellow can afford either to disbelieve in the church or to scoff at its workings or influence.

    Successward Edward W. Bok
  • I did not imagine, I only heard and believed—and now I have seen, and I disbelieve.

  • If the accused one be near enough to ourselves to make the accusation a matter of personal pain, of course we disbelieve.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • I cannot yet detect any signs of such an alliance, and disbelieve the story.

  • Similarly you may say, if you like, that the bold determinist speculator is free to disbelieve in the reality of the will.

    Orthodoxy G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for disbelieve

disbelieve

/ˌdɪsbɪˈliːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to reject as false or lying; refuse to accept as true or truthful
2.
(intransitive) usually foll by in. to have no faith (in): disbelieve in God
Derived Forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelieving, adjective
disbelievingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disbelieve
v.

1640s; see dis- + believe. Related: Disbelieved; disbelieving; disbeliever.

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