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[uhn-bi-leef] /ˌʌn bɪˈlif/
the state or quality of not believing; incredulity or skepticism, especially in matters of doctrine or religious faith.
Origin of unbelief
1125-75; Middle English unbelefe; see un-1, belief
Can be confused
disbelief, misbelief, unbelief. Unabridged
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  • When it has ventured to express an opinion, however, it has been to concede his unbelief.

  • Martin had done Bill's share of the chores, with unbelief in his heart.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • And then, a minute later, he drew in a great gasping breath of unbelief and horror.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • She checked her unbelief, an unbelief that had uplifted her from an inexplicable dismay.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Halpin gave a sneer of unbelief—he sneered at all things save the frankly evil—but said nothing.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • Faith should not be timid when unbelief shows an indomitable audacity.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • You seem a little disturbed that "some of my brethren" should look upon you as "a monster" because of your unbelief.

  • unbelief grew to conviction and developed into profound distrust.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
  • Added to the anger Mignons confession aroused was remorse for her unbelief in Marjorie.

British Dictionary definitions for unbelief


disbelief or rejection of belief
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Word Origin and History for unbelief

mid-12c., "absence or lack of religious belief," from un- (1) "not" + belief.

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