see also: Faith
Pronunciation Noun


  1. A trust or confidence in the intentions or abilities of a person, object, or ideal from prior empirical evidence.
    The faithfulness of Old Faithful gives us faith in it.
    I have faith in the goodness of my fellow man.
    You need to have faith in yourself, that you can overcome your shortcomings and become a good person.
  2. The process of forming or understanding abstractions, ideas, or beliefs, without empirical evidence, experience or observation.
    I have faith that my prayers will be answered.
    I have faith in the healing power of crystals.
  3. A religious or spiritual belief system.
    • For we are a nation of believers. Underneath the clamor of building and the rush of our day's pursuits, we are believers in justice and liberty and union, and in our own Union. We believe that every man must someday be free. And we believe in ourselves.
      That is the mistake that our enemies have always made. In my lifetime--in depression and in war--they have awaited our defeat. Each time, from the secret places of the American heart, came forth the faith they could not see or that they could not even imagine. It brought us victory. And it will again.
    The Christian faith.
    We seek justice for the Indo-European Folk Faith; what's wrong in our literature for that?
  4. 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.
  5. (obsolete) Credibility or truth.
    • the faith of the foregoing narrative
  • (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
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Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
    • 1853, Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth, Chapter XVII,
      "Now, I was called Faith after the cardinal virtue; and I like my name, though many people would think it too Puritan; that was according to our gentle mother's pious desire.
    • 1919, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Rainbow Valley ↗, Echo Library 2006, ISBN 1406821764, chapter XVI, page 90:
      “No name that—no name that! I can’t stomach such a name. Got any other?”
      “No, sir.”
      “Don’t like the name, don’t like it. There’s no smeddum to it. Besides, it makes me think of my Aunt Jinny. She called her three girls Faith, Hope, and Charity. Faith didn’t believe in anything—Hope was a born pessimist—and Charity was a miser.
    • 2006, Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn, Black Swan (2007), ISBN 9780552772440, page 81:
      There was something to be said for all those religiously influenced names – Patience, Grace, Chastity, Faith. Better to be named for a virtue than to be landed with a forgettable name like 'Martin'.
  2. A city in South Dakota.

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