absolute, deep-seated, deeply held, fervent, firm, passionate, profound, strong, strongly held, unshakable, unwavering
genuine, sincere

She was strict with her children in the genuine belief that it was the right thing to do.

common, commonly held, general, popular, widely held, widespread
mutual, shared

They had a shared belief in the power of education.

long-held, long-standing
basic, central, core, fundamental

the basic beliefs of Christianity

personal, private

I think the rights and wrongs of eating meat are a matter of personal belief.

rational, reasonable
irrational, superstitious
paranormal, supernatural
conflicting, contradictory
erroneous, false, misguided, mistaken

I took the job in the mistaken belief that I would be able to stay in Philadelphia.

ancient, folk, traditional

The people still follow their traditional beliefs.

cultural, moral, philosophical, political, religious, spiritual, theological

They were persecuted for their religious beliefs.

Catholic, Christian, pagan, etc.
set, system

Each religion has its set of beliefs.

espouse, have, hold

I have very firm beliefs about moral issues.


He shared his father's belief that people should work hard for their living.

adhere to, cherish, cling to, follow, hold on to, stick to

She clung to the belief that he would come back to her.

The party must stick to its beliefs.

abandon, give up, renounce

She has lost her belief in God.

affirm, assert, declare, express, state

Here the apostle Peter affirms his belief that the scriptures are ‘inspired’.

emphasize, stress
encourage, foster, fuel

The exam results encouraged the belief that he was a good teacher.

confirm, justify, reaffirm, reinforce, strengthen, support, validate

This latest evidence strengthens our belief that the government is doing the right thing.


an attempt to reconcile apparently opposite beliefs

challenge, question, shake, shatter, undermine, weaken

The child's death shook her belief in God.


You must respect other people's beliefs.


He tried to impose his beliefs on other people.

beggar (esp. BrE), defy

It defies belief how things got this bad.


Belief in the magical properties of this herb persisted down the centuries.

beyond belief (= too great, difficult, etc. to be believed)

Dissatisfaction with the government has grown beyond belief.

icy air that was cold beyond belief

in the belief that

She did it in the belief that it would help her career.

belief about

beliefs about the origin of the universe

belief among

There is a belief among young people that education is a waste of time.

belief in

a belief in God

contrary to popular belief (= in spite of what people think)

Contrary to popular belief, deserts are not always hot.

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