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Thoughts, ideas and beliefs - thesaurus

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thought

noun

a word, idea, or image that comes into your mind

idea

noun

a thought that you have about how to do something or how to deal with something

belief

noun

a strong feeling that something is true or real

theory

noun

one or more ideas that explain how or why something happens

concept

noun

an idea of something that exists

commitment

noun

a strong belief that something is good and that you should support it

faith

noun

strong belief in or trust of someone or something

principle

noun

one of the major ideas or theories that a system of beliefs is based on, for example in religion or politics

philosophy

noun

a belief or attitude that someone uses for dealing with life in general

ideal

noun

an idea about what is good and right, that you try to follow in your life and behaviour

conceptualization

noun

the individual way in which knowledge is organized in a particular person’s mind

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a bright idea

a clever idea. This word is often used for showing that you think an idea is stupid

abstraction

noun

an idea or way of thinking that is not related to real situations or practical experiences

afterthought

noun

something that you think of and say after you have finished speaking

a gleam in someone’s eye

an idea or wish that someone has that they cannot yet achieve

assumption

noun

something that you consider likely to be true even though no one has told you directly or even though you have no proof

bandwagon

noun

an idea or activity, especially in politics or business, that suddenly becomes very popular or fashionable, so that a lot of people want to be involved in it

belief

noun

a strong feeling that something is right or good

belief

noun

an idea that you are certain is true, especially involving religion or politics

brainstorm

noun

American a brainwave

brainwave

noun

British a sudden very good idea

calculation

noun

a judgment about what is likely to happen, based on available information

concept

noun

an idea for something new

conclusion

noun

something that you decide is true after thinking about it carefully and looking at all the evidence

construct

noun

formal a complicated idea created by making several simpler ideas fit together

conviction

noun

a strong belief or opinion about something

daydream

noun

thoughts about something pleasant that you have when you should be doing something more serious

deduction

noun

something that you know from the information or evidence that you have

delusion

noun

formal an idea or belief that is not true

doublethink

noun

belief in two opposing ideas at the same time

eccentricity

noun

an idea, action, or habit that is strange or unusual

echo

noun

an idea or phrase that is like one that has been expressed before

expectation

noun

a belief that something should happen in a particular way, or that someone or something should have particular qualities or behaviour

fallacy

noun

an idea or belief that is false but that many people think is true

flash

noun

a sudden understanding or idea

flavour

noun

an idea of what something is like

head

noun

your mind and thoughts

hypothesis

noun

an idea that attempts to explain something but has not yet been tested or proved to be correct

idea

noun

how you imagine something to be

idea

noun

a principle

idealism

noun

a very strong belief in something which is good but probably impossible to achieve

illusion

noun

a false or wrong belief or idea

image

noun

an opinion that people have about someone or something, which may not be a true one

image

noun

a picture or idea of something in your mind

inkling

noun

a slight idea or small piece of information that tells you that something might exist or be happening

line

noun

an attitude or belief, especially one that is expressed publicly

meeting ground

noun

an opinion, idea, interest etc that two opposing groups or people share that makes it possible for them to meet and talk

message

noun

the main idea that you want people to remember from a speech, advertisement, article etc

nostrum

noun

formal an idea for solving a problem, especially an idea that is unlikely to be effective

notion

noun

knowledge or understanding of something

notion

noun

an opinion or belief, especially one that is wrong or silly

old wives’ tale

noun

a traditional belief that many people think is wrong or silly because there is no scientific proof of it

orthodoxy

noun

an idea or practice that is accepted by most people as being correct or usual

picture

noun

an image in your mind

pillar

noun

an important idea, principle, or belief

postulate

noun

formal an idea that is an important part of a theory, argument, or explanation

preconception

noun

an opinion about something that you form before you have a lot of information about it or experience of it

premise

noun

formal a principle or statement that you consider to be true, that you base other ideas and actions on

premiss

another spelling of premise

presumption

noun

a belief that something is true because it seems reasonable or likely

presumption

noun

legal the belief that something is true because no one has proved that it is not

principle

noun

a basic belief, theory, or rule that has a major influence on the way in which something is done

principle

noun

a basic rule or belief about what is right and morally good, that influences the way that you behave and the way that you treat other people

projection

noun

an idea that seems real because of your own strong feelings

pseudoscience

noun

an idea, theory, method or area of thought that claims to be scientific but has no basis in science

pseudoscience

noun

all the areas of pseudoscience regarded as a group

reference point

noun

an idea or fact that you compare other things with or use to help you to understand things

reflection

noun

formal your reflections on something are your ideas or opinions about it that you have thought about carefully

reverie

noun

literary pleasant thoughts that make you forget what you are doing or what is happening around you

sense

noun

a strong feeling or belief about yourself

sentiment

noun

formal a belief or an attitude towards something

shibboleth

noun

very formal a principle or belief that is considered to be old-fashioned and no longer important

siege mentality

noun

the belief among a group of people that everyone else is in opposition to them and they must protect themselves

stereotype

noun

a very firm and simple idea about what a particular type of person or thing is like

superstructure

noun

formal an idea or social system that has developed from a more basic idea or system

supposition

noun

something that you believe is true although you cannot prove it

tenet

noun

a principle, or a belief

theory

noun

an idea that you believe is true although you have no proof

thesis

noun

formal an idea, opinion, or theory that is used to explain something

thing

noun

an idea, a comment, or a piece of information

thought

noun

an idea or opinion about something

thread

noun

an idea or condition that exists in all the different parts of something and that connects them

tide

noun

a tendency of people to think or feel in a particular way

truth

noun

an idea that is accepted by most people as being true

universal

noun

an idea or feature that exists everywhere

wishful thinking

noun

a belief that something that you want to be true is true

your wildest dreams

your thoughts about the best or worst thing that could happen

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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