12th century, from Middle English feith, from Old French feid, from Latin fidēs (“faith, belief, trust”) (whence also English fidelity), from fīdō (“trust, confide in”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰidʰ-, zero-grade of Proto-Indo-European *bʰeydʰ- (“to command, to persuade, to trust”) (whence also English bide).
- A feeling, conviction, or belief that something is true or real, without having evidence.
- Have faith that the criminal justice system will avenge the murder.
- I have faith that my prayers will be answered.
- I have faith in the healing power of crystals.
- A religious belief system.
- The Christian faith.
- An obligation of loyalty or fidelity and the observance of such an obligation.
- He acted in good faith to restore broken diplomatic ties after defeating the incumbent.
- A trust or confidence in the intentions or abilities of a person, object, or ideal.
- I have faith in the goodness of my fellow man.
For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.
- (knowing, without direct observation, based on indirect evidence and experience, that something is true, real, or will happen): belief, confidence, trust, conviction
- (system of religious belief): religion
- (religious belief system): Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Wicca, Eckankar, Raëlism, Zoroastrianism, New Age, Unitarian Universalism, Jainism, Shinto, LaVeyan Satanism, Scientology, Taoism, Yoruba, Druidry, paganism, Juche, Cao Dai, Confucianism, Spiritism, humanism, Rastafarianism, Tenrikyo
- faith in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- faith in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911