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[dis-bi-leev] /ˌdɪs bɪˈliv/
verb (used with object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
to have no belief in; refuse or reject belief in:
to disbelieve reports of UFO sightings.
verb (used without object), disbelieved, disbelieving.
to refuse or reject belief; have no belief.
Origin of disbelieve
1635-45; dis-1 + believe
Related forms
disbeliever, noun
disbelievingly, adverb
Can be confused
disbelieve, misbelieve. Unabridged
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  • Slowly, disbelieving the sudden change, the astonished young cadet gingerly sank onto the front edge of a chair.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
  • The rather heavy brows were lifted slightly in a disbelieving stare.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • So far from disbelieving everything, scepticism went everywhere in search of truth and certainty.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • But there was no disbelieving it; the terms were so cold, precise, and business-like.

  • He was worried about what ought to be believed and the awful deprivations of disbelieving.

    Character and Opinion in the United States David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for disbelieving


(transitive) to reject as false or lying; refuse to accept as true or truthful
(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 disbelieving



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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