disbelief


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Disbelief \Dis*be*lief"\, n.
   The act of disbelieving;; a state of the mind in which one is
   fully persuaded that an opinion, assertion, or doctrine is
   not true; refusal of assent, credit, or credence; denial of
   belief.
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         Our belief or disbelief of a thing does not alter the
         nature of the thing.                     --Tillotson.
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         No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own
         littleness that disbelief in great men.  --Carlyle.

   Syn: Distrust; unbelief; incredulity; doubt; skepticism. --
        Disbelief, Unbelief. Unbelief is a mere failure to
        admit; disbelief is a positive rejection. One may be an
        unbeliever in Christianity from ignorance or want of
        inquiry; a unbeliever has the proofs before him, and
        incurs the guilt of setting them aside. Unbelief is
        usually open to conviction; disbelief is already
        convinced as to the falsity of that which it rejects.
        Men often tell a story in such a manner that we regard
        everything they say with unbelief. Familiarity with the
        worst parts of human nature often leads us into a
        disbelief in many good qualities which really exist
        among men.
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