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noun belief pronunciation in American English /bɪˈlif/ 
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singularbelief
pluralbeliefs
  1. [countable/uncountable] a strong feeling that something is true or real

    This theory goes against the beliefs of most current political thinkers.

    belief in:

    a belief in the existence of UFOs

    belief that:

    the mistaken belief that cocaine is not an addictive drug

    popular/widely held/widespread belief:

    There is widespread belief that an agreement has been made.

    firm/strong belief:

    It is my firm belief that the government should act now.

    growing belief:

    There is a growing belief that she will resign.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a strong feeling that something is right or good
      belief in:

      a belief in social justice

      belief that:

      the belief that women should be treated equally

    2. b.
      [countable] [usually plural] an idea that you are certain is true, especially involving religion or politics

      Christian/Buddhist beliefs

      belief about/concerning:

      our traditional beliefs about the origins of life

      express belief:

      Everyone is entitled to express their own personal beliefs.

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