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Meaning of “belief” in the English Dictionary

"belief" in British English

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beliefnoun [C or S or U]

uk   us   /bɪˈliːf/
B2 the ​feeling of being ​certain that something ​exists or is ​true: His belief inGod gave him ​hope during ​difficulttimes. Recent ​scandals have shaken many people's belief in (= ​causedpeople to have ​doubts about)politicians.B2 something that you ​believe: All ​religious and ​political beliefs should be ​respectedequally. [+ that] It is my (​firm) belief that ​nuclearweapons are ​immoral. He called at her ​house in the belief that (= ​confident that) she would ​lend him the ​money.beyond belief C2 too ​bad, good, ​difficult, etc. to be ​imagined: The ​brutality of the ​murders was beyond belief.

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(Definition of belief from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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beliefnoun [C/U]

 us   /bɪˈlif/
the ​feeling of being ​certain that something ​exists or is ​true: [C] philosophical beliefs [C] He made no ​secret of his belief that she was ​guilty. [U] I have no belief in ​magic.
(Definition of belief from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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