belief [-s, -'s] n

ME bileafa, dear, esteemed, valuable, beloved < OE.

  1. 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).
  2. Thought; idea; conception; confidence.
  3. Faith; trust; assent of mind; reliance even in the face of some doubt.
  4. Hope; prospect; conviction of an afterlife.