belief [-s, -'s] n
ME bileafa, dear, esteemed, valuable, beloved < OE.
- Divine expectation; hope in something not seen; persuasion of the truth of an alleged fact, distinct from personal knowledge; positive opinion, not based on evidence; acceptance of the testimony of another; (see 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
- Thought; idea; conception; confidence.
- Faith; trust; assent of mind; reliance even in the face of some doubt.
- Hope; prospect; conviction of an afterlife.