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  • Mental acceptance of a claim as truth.
  • (countable) Something believed.
          The ancient people have a belief in many deities.
  • (uncountable) The quality or state of believing.
          My belief that it will rain tomorrow is strong.
  • (uncountable) Religious faith.
          She often said it was her belief that carried her through the hard times.
  • (plural) One's religious or moral convictions.
          I can't do that. It's against my beliefs.
  • (process) Wishing a case or circumstance to be true (be + 'lief' --> be + wished).
          I recommend a switch from belief to simple being; you need a rest.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Be*lief" (&?;), n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. geleáfa. See Believe.] 1. Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or testimony; partial or full assurance without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence; as, belief of a witness; the belief of our senses.

Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance.

2. (Theol.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.

No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.

3. The thing believed; the object of belief.

Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.

4. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.

In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation.

Ultimate belief, a first principle incapable of proof; an intuitive truth; an intuition.Sir W. Hamilton.

Syn. -- Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Belief, a word of various application, but properly definable as that which lies at the heart of a man or a nation's convictions, or is the heart and soul of all their thoughts and actions, "the thing a man does practically lay to heart, and know for certain concerning his vital relations to this mysterious universe, and his duty and destiny there."
- Wikipedia

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