Definition of faith noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//feɪθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//feɪθ//
    Types of belief
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  1. 1  [uncountable] faith (in somebody/something) trust in somebody’s ability or knowledge; trust that somebody/something will do what has been promised I have great faith in you—I know you'll do well. We've lost faith in the government's promises. Her friend's kindness has restored her faith in human nature. He has blind faith (= unreasonable trust) in doctors' ability to find a cure.
  2. 2  [uncountable, singular] strong religious belief to lose your faith Faith is stronger than reason. CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/​Christ/​Allah/​free will/​predestination/​heaven and hell/​an afterlife/​reincarnation be/​become a believer/​an atheist/​an agnostic/​a Christian/​Muslim/​Hindu/​Buddhist, etc. convert to/​practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/​Buddhism/​Catholicism/​Christianity/​Islam/​Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/​mosque/​synagogue/​gurdwara belong to a church/​a religious community join/​enter the church/​a convent/​a monastery/​a religious sect/​the clergy/​the priesthood praise/​worship/​obey/​serve/​glorify GodCelebrations and ritual attend/​hold/​conduct/​lead a service perform a ceremony/​a rite/​a ritual/​a baptism/​the Hajj/​a mitzvah carry out/​perform a sacred/​burial/​funeral/​fertility/​purification rite go on/​make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/​Easter/​Eid/​Ramadan/​Hanukkah/​Passover/​Diwali observe/​break the Sabbath/​a fast/​Ramadan deliver/​preach/​hear a sermon lead/​address the congregation say/​recite a prayer/​blessingReligious texts and ideas preach/​proclaim/​spread the word of God/​the Gospel/​the message of Islam study/​follow the dharma/​the teachings of Buddha read/​study/​understand/​interpret scripture/​the Bible/​the Koran/​the gospel/​the Torah be based on/​derive from divine revelation commit/​consider something heresy/​sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/​find/​gain enlightenment/​wisdom strengthen/​lose your faith keep/​practise/​practice/​abandon the faith save/​purify/​lose your soul obey/​follow/​keep/​break/​violate a commandment/​Islamic law/​Jewish law be/​accept/​do God’s will receive/​experience divine grace achieve/​attain enlightenment/​salvation/​nirvana undergo a conversion/​rebirth/​reincarnation hear/​answer a prayer commit/​confess/​forgive a sin do/​perform penance See related entries: Types of belief
  3. 3  [countable] a particular religion the Christian faith The children are learning to understand people of different faiths.
  4. 4[uncountable] good faith the intention to do something right They handed over the weapons as a gesture of good faith.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French feid, from Latin fides.Extra examples As club manager he was not prepared to keep faith with the players who had failed him. Business crime undermines public faith in the business system. Christianity is a living faith which has shaped the history of Britain. Christians were allowed to practise their faith unmolested by the authorities. He distrusted political systems and placed his faith in the genius of individuals. He felt the call to preach the faith to others. He found faith gradually, rather than in a sudden conversion. He seems to have a blind faith in his boss. Her faith in human nature had been badly shaken. I have little faith in doctors these days. I wish I shared your faith in the jury system. If the company can retain its customers’ faith it could become the market leader. Manchester United’s greatness was an article of faith for him. She did not pin much faith on their chances of success. She showed a touching faith in my ability to resolve any and every difficulty. The judge did not find any bad faith on the part of the defendants. The judge did not find any bad faith= intention to do wrong on the part of the defendants. The study of other world faiths is an important part of religious education. Their aim was to keep alive the traditional Jewish faith. These reforms are totally untested and will require a leap of faith on the part of teachers. Thet had entered into the contract in bad faith. They are trying to restore faith in the political system. They believe that people can come to salvation through faith. They kept the faith in the face of ridicule. We printed the report in good faith, but have now learned that it was incorrect. a committee which is made up of members of different faith groups a large decline in the number of people who have an active faith of any sort an artist whose work reflects his abiding faith in humanity her new-found faith in Jesus people who lose faith in themselves the debate on faith schools the role of parents in passing on the faith to their children the team’s greatness was an article of faith for him= a belief that could not be questioned. Her friend’s kindness restored her faith in human nature. I have great faith in you—I know you’ll do well. I lost my faith when my parents died. If I were you, I would not place too much faith in their findings. The children learn to understand people of different faiths. We’ve lost faith in the government’s promises.Idioms
    break/keep faith with somebody
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    to break/keep a promise that you have made to somebody; to stop/continue being loyal to somebody
    knowing that what you are doing is wrong believing that what you are doing is right; believing that something is correct We printed the report in good faith but have now learnt that it was incorrect. He bought the painting in good faith (= he did not know that it had been stolen). a belief in something that is not known or has not been done before These reforms are totally untested and will require a leap of faith on the part of teachers.
    pin (all) your hopes on somebody/something, pin your faith on somebody/something
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    to rely on somebody/something completely for success or help The company is pinning its hopes on the new project.
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