belief ( beliefs plural )
1 n-uncount Belief is a feeling of certainty that something exists, is true, or is good.
usu N in n
One billion people throughout the world are Muslims, united by belief in one god., ...a belief in personal liberty.
2 n-plural Your religious or political beliefs are your views on religious or political matters.
usu supp N
He refuses to compete on Sundays because of his religious beliefs.
3 n-sing If it is your belief that something is the case, it is your strong opinion that it is the case.
usu N that
It is our belief that improvements in health care will lead to a stronger, more prosperous economy.
4 You use beyond belief to emphasize that something is true to a very great degree or that it happened to a very great degree.
beyond belief phrase adj PHR, PHR after v (emphasis)
We are devastated, shocked beyond belief...
5 You use contrary to popular belief to introduce a statement that is the opposite to what is thought to be true by most ordinary people.
contrary to popular belief phrase PHR with cl
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that what you look like makes much difference to your life.
6 If you do one thing in the belief that another thing is true or will happen, you do it because you think, usually wrongly, that it is true or will happen.
in the belief that phrase PHR after v, PHR cl
Civilians had broken into the building, apparently in the belief that it contained food.
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