- (British) IPA: /dɪsbɪˈliːf/
- Unpreparedness, unwillingness, or inability to believe that something is the case.
- She cried out in disbelief on hearing that terrorists had crashed an airplane into the World Trade Center in New York City.
- I stared in disbelief at the Grand Canyon.
- The loss or abandonment of a belief; cessation of belief.
- Laikwan Pang (2002) Building a New China in Cinema: The Chinese Left-wing Cinema Movement, 1932-1937, →ISBN, page 99: “His later left-wing films prevented any pure and strong emotional attachment between the two sexes from gaining narrative momentum, which might reflect his gradual disbelief in romantic love.”
- Gloria Neufeld Redekop (2012) Bad Girls and Boys Go to Hell (or not): Engaging Fundamentalist Evangelicalism, →ISBN, page 246: “Just like the disbelief in Santa Claus happens gradually, I wondered if it was similar for people leaving their faith.”
- Portuguese: surpresa