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1    strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp. without proof or evidence  
2    a specific system of religious beliefs  
the Jewish faith     
3      (Christianity)   trust in God and in his actions and promises  
4    a conviction of the truth of certain doctrines of religion, esp. when this is not based on reason  
5    complete confidence or trust in a person, remedy, etc.  
6    any set of firmly held principles or beliefs  
7    allegiance or loyalty, as to a person or cause (esp. in the phrases keep faith, break faith)  
8    bad faith   insincerity or dishonesty  
9    good faith   honesty or sincerity, as of intention in business (esp. in the phrase in good faith)  
10    Archaic   indeed; really (also in the phrases by my faith, in faith)  
     (C12: from Anglo-French feid, from Latin fides trust, confidence)  

act of faith  
      n     (Christianity)   an act that demonstrates or tests a person's religious beliefs  
article of faith  
1      (Christianity)   any of the clauses or propositions into which a creed or other statement of doctrine is divided  
2    a deeply held belief  
bad faith  
1    intention to deceive; treachery or dishonesty (esp. in the phrase in bad faith)  
2      (Also called)    mauvaise foi   (in the philosophy of Sartre) self-deception, as when an agent regards his actions as conditioned by circumstances or conventions in order to evade his own responsibility for choosing them freely  
Baha'í Faith   , Baha'í  
      n   a religious system founded in 1863 by Baha'ullah, based on Babism and emphasizing the value of all religions and the spiritual unity of all mankind  
  Baha′ist, Baha′ite      adj, n  
Defender of the Faith  
      n   the title conferred upon Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521 in recognition of the King's pamphlet attacking Luther's doctrines and retained by subsequent monarchs of England,   (Latin term)    Fidei Defensor  
faith healing  
      n   treatment of a sick person through the supposed power of religious faith  
  faith healer      n  
utmost good faith  
      n   a principle used in insurance contracts, legally obliging all parties to reveal to the others any information that might influence the others' decision to enter into the contract,   (Also called)    uberrima fides  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    assurance, confidence, conviction, credence, credit, dependence, reliance, trust  
2    belief, church, communion, creed, denomination, dogma, persuasion, religion  
3    allegiance, constancy, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, loyalty, troth     (archaic)   truth, truthfulness  
4    as in keep faith, in good faith      honour, pledge, promise, sincerity, vow, word, word of honour  
   agnosticism, apprehension, denial, disbelief, distrust, doubt, incredulity, infidelity, misgiving, mistrust, rejection, scepticism, suspicion, uncertainty  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

faith n.
a willingness to believe in the absence of sufficient evidence, or contrary to the evidence.
this could cover all instances of use of the word 'faith'.

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Abandoning something that one has intimate knowledge of for something unknown and probably highly risky to one's well-being.
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