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faith

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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).

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faith (countable and uncountable, plural faiths)

  1. A feeling, conviction, or belief that something is true or real, not contingent upon reason or justification.
    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.
  2. A religious belief system.
    The Christian faith.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. (obsolete) Credibility or truth.
    • Mitford
      the faith of the foregoing narrative

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