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Synonyms for disbelief
ˌdɪs bɪˈlifdis·be·lief

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  1. disbeliefnoun


  2. disbeliefnoun

    Unpreparedness, unwillingness, or inability to believe that something is the case.

    She cried out in disbelief on hearing that terrorists had crashed an airplane into the World Trade Center in New York City.


  3. disbeliefnoun


    I stared in disbelief at the Grand Canyon.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. disbeliefnoun

    Doubt is a lack of conviction that may refer either to matters of belief or to matters of practise. As regards belief, while doubt is lack of conviction, disbelief is conviction, to the contrary; unbelief refers to a settled state of mind, generally accompanied with opposition of heart. Perplexity is active and painful; doubt may be quiescent. Perplexity presses toward a solution; doubt may be content to linger unresolved. Any improbable statement awakens incredulity. In theological usage unbelief and skepticism have a condemnatory force, as implying wilful rejection of manifest truth. As regards practical matters, uncertainty applies to the unknown or undecided; doubt implies some negative evidence. Suspense regards the future, and is eager and anxious; uncertainty may relate to any period, and be quite indifferent. Misgiving is ordinarily in regard to the outcome of something already done or decided; hesitation, indecision, and irresolution have reference to something that remains to be decided or done, and are due oftener to infirmity of will than to lack of knowledge. Distrust and suspicion apply especially to the motives, character, etc., of others, and are more decidedly adverse than doubt. Scruple relates to matters of conscience and duty.

    distrust, doubt, doubt, hesitancy, hesitation, incredulity, indecision, irresolution, misgiving, perplexity, question, scruple, skepticism, suspense, suspicion, unbelief, uncertainty

    assurance, belief, certainty, confidence, conviction, decision, determination, persuasion, resolution, resolve

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incredulity, disbelief, skepticism, mental rejectionnoun

    doubt about the truth of something

    unbelief, scepticism, incredulity, skepticism, mental rejection, agnosticism

  2. unbelief, disbeliefnoun

    a rejection of belief

    unbelief, incredulity, skepticism, mental rejection

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. disbeliefnoun

    scepticism, infidelity, refusal to believe

  2. disbeliefnoun

    distrust, incredulity, want of belief

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "disbelief":

    incredulity, scepticism, atheism, skepticism

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How to use disbelief in a sentence?

  1. Joe Crowley:

    Obviously, everybody in there was a friend of Joe's, it was basically disbelief, shock, a lot of outpouring of emotion and sympathy for Joe.

  2. Courtesy Andy Boyce:

    If we didn't document it right then and there, this bird could disappear again for who knows how long, it was a really rapid progression of emotion. There was nervousness and anticipation as I was trying to get there, hoping the bird would still be there. Just huge excitement, and a little bit of disbelief, when I first saw the bird and realized what it was. And then, immediately, a lot of anxiety again.

  3. The Pope:

    It is undeniable that some in the past, out of irresponsibility, disbelief, lack of training, inexperience, or spiritual and human short-sightedness, treated many cases without the seriousness and promptness that was due, that must never happen again.

  4. Officer Peter Liang:

    I was panicking. I was in shock, in disbelief that someone was actually hit.

  5. W. Clement Stone:

    Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief, or ignorance.

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