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a passionate belief/conviction
▪ We had a passionate belief in what we were doing.
a strong belief
▪ We have a strong belief that everyone has the right to worship freely.
belief/faith in God
▪ About one-third of the population has no belief in God.
▪ Her faith in God helped her deal with her illness.
beyond repair/control/belief etc (=impossible to repair, control, believe etc)
▪ Scott’s equipment was damaged beyond repair.
▪ The town centre had changed beyond all recognition.
▪ Due to circumstances beyond our control, the performance has had to be cancelled.
cling to the hope/belief/idea etc (that)
▪ He clung to the hope that she would be cured.
compromise your beliefs/convictions/ideals
▪ Anti-war activists were put in prison for refusing to compromise their beliefs.
confirm you in your belief/opinion/view etc (that) (=make you believe something more strongly)
▪ The expression on his face confirmed me in my suspicions.
firm conviction/commitment/belief etc
▪ Our client hasn’t reached a firm decision on the matter yet.
implicit faith/trust/belief
▪ They had implicit faith in his powers.
popular belief/opinion
▪ Contrary to popular belief, cats are solitary animals.
religious beliefs
▪ I don’t share her religious beliefs.
share a belief/opinion
▪ It was clear that the police did not share her opinion.
subscribe to the view/belief/theory etc
▪ I have never subscribed to the view that schooldays are the happiest days of your life.
▪ Culture stems from a society or community's experience traditions, basic beliefs, aspirations and ambitions.
▪ The following basic beliefs underpin the discussion: 1.
▪ They are the basic beliefs which ground all others, our epistemological foundations.
▪ But his basic belief was so widespread that gay men themselves sometimes used it as a come-on.
▪ By sticking to his own basic beliefs about attitude and playing style.
▪ It derives from basic beliefs and traditions.
▪ This distinction between foundations and superstructure, between basic and non-basic beliefs, is a structural one.
▪ The thought of some basic beliefs being incorrigibly false is too horrific to countenance.
▪ He feels much of the opposition is based on the false belief that the incinerator will also handle toxic waste.
▪ A false belief may nevertheless be justified.
▪ We can not argue straightforwardly that a false belief can not be justified.
▪ Here is one of the standard procedures that is used to test whether a child has an adult-like appreciation of false belief.
▪ An alarming picture encapsulated a false belief.
▪ And they have led them under the false belief that a negotiated solution was seriously pursued.
▪ So the merger boom went on for a while, still fuelled by this false belief.
▪ Not all false beliefs are relevant in this sense.
▪ What woman, in fact, however firm her beliefs, would not sacrifice her religion for her children?
▪ Fighting Organizational Behavior Patterns Strong, healthy individuals have firm convictions and beliefs.
▪ There was a firm belief among old-time ferreters that the ferrets needed to be vicious and half-starved to do their work well.
▪ The reality, according to the new spirituality, is that our beliefs about the world attract experiences which con firm those beliefs.
▪ A firm belief in the priesthood of all believers means that singing belongs to the whole congregation as well as to the choir.
▪ Such reports in a popular newspaper endorse a general belief in escalation.
▪ There is a general belief that police commit nearly as many crimes as they prevent or solve.
▪ The success of these individual desires not withstanding, general belief is that some form of compromise is most likely.
▪ Such a general belief system can be termed a political ideology.
▪ There is a general belief that the drowned are simply victims of bad weather in the strait.
▪ What are your general beliefs about human nature?
▪ The general belief was very slow.
▪ This can give rise to the mistaken belief that cocaine is not an addictive drug.
▪ Cannabis may have few immediate withdrawal effects and this again may give rise to the mistaken belief that it is not addictive.
▪ Such a deeply mistaken belief can only come from a citizen of a country with a disciplinarian attitude to politics.
▪ The living turtle is then thrown back into the water, in the mistaken belief that it will re-grow its shell.
▪ We should not pursue better conditions for prisoners in the mistaken belief that improved conditions will alone produce more orderly prisons.
▪ It refers to the resurgence of manufacturing during the 1980s and the mistaken but widespread belief that manufacturing is still shrinking.
▪ The court heard that Newton had snapped in the mistaken belief that his father was about to draw a gun on him.
▪ Don't buy a hard bed in the mistaken belief that it is good for you.
▪ He wanted his personal belief and his professional expertness to come out as a single attribute.
▪ When the media found out, his private exercise of his personal beliefs became a subject for public consumption.
▪ The next stage of his personal beliefs is obscure.
▪ She also remarked at the outset that her personal belief was that the category had no place in a psychiatric manual.
▪ Within our immediate group we can learn to reconcile personal and group differences to the point of rejecting personal values and beliefs.
▪ There are times when you have to put aside your personal beliefs.
▪ This knowledge is not a matter of personal belief, but of a simple historical fact.
▪ And, in rare candor under such circumstances, Chin answered two questions about his personal political beliefs.
▪ After thoroughly investigating their backgrounds and their political beliefs, he had approached them one by one.
▪ In each country a sample of about one thousand respondents was interviewed regarding many aspects of their individual political beliefs and actions.
▪ How we explained they interpreted and explained unemployment, and how it related to their other political beliefs and behaviour.
▪ Indeed, a political belief that is widely held might be particularly immune to careful assessment.
▪ If I have any political beliefs, they are best and quickest expressed in cliché terms.
▪ Chapter 4 will examine some of the factors that might account for differences in the political beliefs of individuals within a society.
▪ Spells in prison have never sapped his determination to fight for his political beliefs.
▪ However, any relatively complete bundle of political beliefs could be termed a political ideology.
▪ Contrary to popular belief, Soviet economic sources provided rich picking for the researcher, as long as the right subject was chosen.
▪ Contrary to popular belief by many, Memorial Day is not the day summer vacation begins.
▪ Dryden's position was that popular belief in such beings was enough to justify their representation in poetry.
▪ Contrary to popular belief a preference for boys over girls is not universal.
▪ It is a popular belief that the worst horrors befall whoever invites the curse of a hijra.
▪ In general, however, it was simply reinterpreting in new language a set of ancient popular beliefs.
▪ The quality of work produced even by mathematicians appears to decline little over their careers, contrary to popular belief.
▪ Actually, contrary to popular belief, hallucinations were not part of the original definition of schizophrenia.
▪ Today, there are many religious and secular beliefs open to us.
▪ Do religious beliefs provide exemption from liability for child abuse?
▪ As religious beliefs have constituted science, so scientific creeds have constituted an alternative religion.
▪ For example, must teachers and students salute the flag or follow the curriculum if doing so violates their religious beliefs?
▪ An example from the astronomical debates of the early seventeenth century may illuminate this selective role of religious belief.
▪ The Court only examined and rejected a claim based on religious beliefs of immunity from an unquestioned general rule.
▪ To pursue political objectives seriously, they must work with the very people whose religious beliefs are most antithetical to their own.
▪ But teachers, too have religious beliefs and commitments.
▪ The internal conflicts caused by his strong Quaker beliefs and lack of prospects caused a breakdown when he was twenty-one.
▪ It is my strong belief that reward and recognition go hand in hand.
▪ A lot of mental patients have a strong belief in the occult listed on their personality profiles.
▪ Chagrin A strong belief in the supernatural characterises communities of Romany gypsies.
▪ Together with the Fantaisie Polonaise, it typically expresses his strong nationalistic beliefs.
▪ The whole represents a strong belief in optimism and progress.
▪ Yet so strong was the belief in a static universe that it persisted into the early twentieth century.
▪ Underlying the disquiet was a strong current of belief that the act of going tieless was tantamount to social chaos!
▪ Exploitation by charlatans played a part, as did certain traditional beliefs.
▪ The rest, hewing to more traditional belief, remained Orthodox; the Winslows were among them.
▪ Moreover, religious and patriotic works fulfilled an important role in reaffirming traditional beliefs.
▪ It also seems unlikely, despite long-held traditional belief, that the birth took place in Bethlehem.
▪ Any culture, because it has to retain traditional customs and beliefs, has to be in a sense a conservative institution.
▪ Many modernisation theorists would claim here strong evidence for the inhibiting effect of traditional beliefs on development.
▪ The growing awareness of environmental and ecological issues often coincides with traditional beliefs and practices.
▪ Thus the process of anchoring scientifically originated notions may not have such a devastating effect upon traditional beliefs.
▪ Why, in other words, should we want to get true beliefs rather than false ones?
▪ Yet many people remain uncertain regarding his true beliefs.
▪ There's no moral virtue in the truth of most of our true beliefs.
▪ How then do we get true beliefs by observation?
▪ The other differences between these different ways of acquiring true beliefs are irrelevant.
▪ You will give your tellee a true belief: you will actually tell the truth.
▪ Instead of looking directly for something one wants to get a true belief about, one can look instead for a sign.
▪ The findings led to a widespread belief that psychological tests were situation specific and therefore limited in their usefulness for personnel selection.
▪ It provides a startling point for a discussion of the widespread belief that Richard Nixon was a brilliant maker of foreign policy.
▪ Professor Budd's remarks echo a widespread belief in the City that the Government needs to develop a credible monetary strategy.
▪ Protestant endeavours to extinguish popular superstitions and the widespread belief in magical remedies also proved largely futile.
▪ But, despite a widespread belief, this is not due to job insecurity.
▪ Especially in the United States, a widespread belief exists that people should actively seek ways of developing themselves.
▪ There is a widespread belief that the Age of Enlightenment has run its course.
▪ It refers to the resurgence of manufacturing during the 1980s and the mistaken but widespread belief that manufacturing is still shrinking.
▪ In healthy organizations, this core belief sys-tem serves as a source of guidance.
▪ All organizations have some sort of core belief system.
▪ If both core beliefs and the actions they inspire are healthy, the organization will ultimately succeed in achieving its long-term goals.
▪ Banished from the official organizational history, the memory of these unpleasant side effects lingers in the form of unhealthy core beliefs.
▪ Because they describe an objective reality, descriptive core beliefs are simply valid or invalid.
▪ That something is whether or not your organization has a healthy system of valid core beliefs and realistic fears.
▪ Evaluative core beliefs, however, are often highly subjective.
▪ They dwell instead on invalid core beliefs and the kinds of mythical fear that such beliefs nearly always inspire.
▪ One such belief system is, of course, sexism.
▪ But after a summer in Trinidad, he realized he had only scratched the surface of the eclectic and complex belief system.
▪ The Christians however seemed to be a quite different species, unlike any other foreign belief system they had yet encountered.
▪ Can you characterize your own political belief system?
▪ We attract certain people and events of our belief systems.
▪ Buddha established his belief system built around the principles of self-restraint and caring for the poor.
▪ Fundamentalism is a belief system that can not be refuted because it comes from a supreme being.
▪ An ideology is simply the elevation of a particular set of perceptions, assumptions, and analyses to a normative belief system.
▪ He feels much of the opposition is based on the false belief that the incinerator will also handle toxic waste.
▪ It is based on a threefold belief that: 1.
▪ Their support is based on a belief that the left governments have clean hands and have improved municipal services.
▪ Both said they based their beliefs on news reports describing the crash, and on their experience.
▪ If it is subjective, then it is based on the beliefs of the defendant.
▪ The Court only examined and rejected a claim based on religious beliefs of immunity from an unquestioned general rule.
▪ They are generally based on the belief in health as the result of a harmonious whole.
▪ They based their belief in part on the confession of an outlaw Navajo named Jack Crank.
▪ This tremendous progress of conventional medicine in the present century has confirmed belief in the treatment by opposites.
▪ When tomographic maps later showed a patch of warm rock beneath that spot, it further confirmed his belief.
▪ The effect of our experience was, as I shall show, to confirm and extend that belief.
▪ And many studies are flawed by the tendency of researchers to look for information that confirms their own beliefs.
▪ The watchers were quiet and soulful, as if the flames confirmed their deep beliefs about life here.
▪ Writers reached for a means suasion and began to use emotion to confirm beliefs.
▪ That pleased and flattered her, confirmed her in her belief in herself.
▪ I watch the news, and it only confirms my belief, you know?
▪ There is nothing glib or rhetorical about Freeman's way of expressing her beliefs.
▪ Only now the statement expresses the belief in a particular relationship.
▪ That leaves open the possibility, however, that some declarative sentences or statements are not factual and express something other than beliefs.
▪ However, the theory allows that a statement can express both a belief and an attitude.
▪ The themes used express the beliefs of the Church in a language accessible to children and teachers.
▪ Together with the Fantaisie Polonaise, it typically expresses his strong nationalistic beliefs.
▪ Along with many of his contemporaries, Mercator held the Baconian belief that knowledge should be exploited for utilitarian ends.
▪ Critical assessment of long held beliefs is the first step to new interpretation of historical events and other so called scientific truths.
▪ Do you hold any specific beliefs about what might be called beauty?
▪ We are of the deeply held belief that many human beings have come to behave as materialistic tyrants.
▪ It was the commonly held belief then that never again would this communal beast be allowed to rear its head.
▪ But why should a family hold on to a belief regardless of its truth?
▪ Ten years later, his new book shows that he no longer holds such a belief.
▪ Groups of work-inhibited students may reinforce mutually held beliefs that school is a negative environment.
▪ The last fifty years of work in Al suggests that this may be a mistaken belief.
▪ The concerns of older people about their future health care probably reflect beliefs about modern medicine and priorities within the medical profession.
▪ They reflect a belief that they are working with people, not with systems.
▪ Only in a few cases, as at Brading, do they reflect any deeply held beliefs or cult practices.
▪ His reality accurately reflected his belief system.
▪ Does it reflect your belief that you are hopelessly absent-minded?
▪ Since our beliefs create our experiences, Cathy's love life faithfully reflected her mixed-up beliefs.
▪ Until recently company law, with its relative freedom from stringent regulations, reflected this national belief.
▪ This may reflect teachers' beliefs that mathematics by its nature is learned most effectively in groups of homogeneous ability.
▪ For Buckle, this laid the foundations for a thoroughgoing science of history, and others shared his belief.
▪ Sezer shares the military's belief in republican and secular values.
▪ All individuals with sophisticated belief systems do not necessarily share the same core beliefs.
▪ Milan coach Fabio Capello did not share the belief they would be able to play more freely now the record was gone.
▪ And it is helped immeasurably if two unrelated people can share in the belief that indeed they are already blood relatives.
▪ In consequence, both share a central belief in displaying speech as evidence.
▪ Liberals, Sowell claims, share a belief that people can improve their lives through collective effort.
a fond hope/belief
▪ That overcautious disposition was noticed long ago, but there was a fond hope that experience would cure it.
beggar description/belief
▪ Harry, that awful, awful singing beggars belief.
▪ In Gravity's Rainbow, conspiracies proliferate to such an extent that they beggar description.
▪ The initial radio message had beggared belief.
▪ The thought of la belle dame de Bruges coming out with such stuff beggars belief.
▪ The waste, deaths, brutality and destruction of property beggar description.
▪ What she found there still beggars belief.
betray your beliefs/principles/ideals etc
contrary to popular belief/opinion
Contrary to popular belief, gorillas are shy and gentle creatures.
▪ Actually, contrary to popular belief, hallucinations were not part of the original definition of schizophrenia.
▪ And contrary to popular belief, we don't want to wear the trousers at home.
core values/beliefs
▪ Above all, it requires the steady cultivation of healthy core beliefs that will shore up the organization when setbacks occur.
▪ Actions are core beliefs put into practice.
▪ Banished from the official organizational history, the memory of these unpleasant side effects lingers in the form of unhealthy core beliefs.
▪ Because they describe an objective reality, descriptive core beliefs are simply valid or invalid.
▪ If both core beliefs and the actions they inspire are healthy, the organization will ultimately succeed in achieving its long-term goals.
▪ Organizational fears are emotional responses to core beliefs.
▪ That something is whether or not your organization has a healthy system of valid core beliefs and realistic fears.
▪ What made Reagan extraordinary, beyond his communicative skills, was his resolute adherence to core beliefs.
defy description/analysis/belief etc
▪ His changeable features, his tones, gestures and expressions seemed to defy descriptions.
▪ His swerve was something that defied analysis; just as it defied attempts to counter it.
▪ It defies belief and makes you question exactly who the law is protecting here: the sick minds or their young victims?
▪ Like the secret of Stradivari's varnish, this extra dimension defies analysis.
▪ The dam defied description; it defied belief.
▪ Two other women lay upon the counter a pickle-bottle and a glass vessel of a kind which altogether defies description.
▪ Yet other species exhibit variation patterns that defy analysis of the sophistication of present-day biology.
mistaken belief/idea/impression/view etc
▪ A thin, friendly man, he often gave the mistaken impression that nothing was too much trouble.
▪ Cannabis may have few immediate withdrawal effects and this again may give rise to the mistaken belief that it is not addictive.
▪ People have a mistaken idea about artists.
▪ Such a deeply mistaken belief can only come from a citizen of a country with a disciplinarian attitude to politics.
▪ That can lead to the mistaken impression that the principles do not fit businesses involved in services.
▪ The foregoing paragraphs dispose, it is hoped, of some mistaken ideas as to the state and progress of sexuality in adulthood.
▪ The most mistaken idea is that you can Xerox people and somehow clone a fully grown adult.
▪ This can give rise to the mistaken belief that cocaine is not an addictive drug.
shake sb's confidence/beliefs etc
to the best of your knowledge/belief/ability etc
▪ Contrary to popular belief, cold weather does not make you ill.
▪ People with a strong spiritual or philosophical belief system are more likely to remain healthy.
▪ She never lost her belief in God.
▪ Their experiments were based on the belief that you could make gold from other metals.
▪ They were put in prison because of their political beliefs.
▪ We need to learn to accept people who have different beliefs from ours.
▪ But the crucial step is to take responsibility for that belief.
▪ It is a central theme throughout the book, and she criticises frequently the Catholic beliefs and customs.
▪ This belief was obviously challenged by our presence, but he insisted that Tom and Terry had gone home.
▪ Unitarianism, a tolerant and loosely-defined system of belief, had attracted Coleridge since his Cambridge years.
▪ Whoever the commentator is, the opinions expressed are often only beliefs based on sketchy information that is only indirectly relevant.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Belief \Be*lief"\, n. [OE. bileafe, bileve; cf. AS. gele['a]fa. See Believe.]

  1. Assent to a proposition or affirmation, or the acceptance of a fact, opinion, or assertion as real or true, without immediate personal knowledge; reliance upon word or testimony; partial or full assurance without positive knowledge or absolute certainty; persuasion; conviction; confidence; as, belief of a witness; the belief of our senses.

    Belief admits of all degrees, from the slightest suspicion to the fullest assurance.

  2. (Theol.) A persuasion of the truths of religion; faith.

    No man can attain [to] belief by the bare contemplation of heaven and earth.

  3. The thing believed; the object of belief.

    Superstitious prophecies are not only the belief of fools, but the talk sometimes of wise men.

  4. A tenet, or the body of tenets, held by the advocates of any class of views; doctrine; creed.

    In the heat of persecution to which Christian belief was subject upon its first promulgation.

    Ultimate belief, a first principle incapable of proof; an intuitive truth; an intuition.
    --Sir W. Hamilton.

    Syn: Credence; trust; reliance; assurance; opinion.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 12c., bileave, replacing Old English geleafa "belief, faith," from West Germanic *ga-laubon "to hold dear, esteem, trust" (cognates: Old Saxon gilobo, Middle Dutch gelove, Old High German giloubo, German Glaube), from *galaub- "dear, esteemed," from intensive prefix *ga- + *leubh- "to care, desire, like, love" (see love (v.)). The prefix was altered on analogy of the verb believe. The distinction of the final consonant from that of believe developed 15c.\n\n"The be-, which is not a natural prefix of nouns, was prefixed on the analogy of the vb. (where it is naturally an intensive) ....


\nBelief used to mean "trust in God," while faith meant "loyalty to a person based on promise or duty" (a sense preserved in keep one's faith, in good (or bad) faith and in common usage of faithful, faithless, which contain no notion of divinity). But faith, as cognate of Latin fides, took on the religious sense beginning in 14c. translations, and belief had by 16c. become limited to "mental acceptance of something as true," from the religious use in the sense of "things held to be true as a matter of religious doctrine" (a sense attested from early 13c.).

n. mental acceptance of a claim as likely true.

  1. n. any cognitive content held as true [ant: unbelief]

  2. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying" [syn: impression, feeling, notion, opinion]


Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty. Another way of defining belief sees it as a mental representation of an attitude positively oriented towards the likelihood of something being true. In the context of Ancient Greek thought, two related concepts were identified with regards to the concept of belief: pistis and doxa. Simplified, we may say that pistis refers to "trust" and "confidence", while doxa refers to "opinion" and "acceptance". The English word "orthodoxy" derives from doxa. Jonathan Leicester suggests that belief has the purpose of guiding action rather than indicating truth.

In epistemology, philosophers use the term "belief" to refer to personal attitudes associated with true or false ideas and concepts. However, "belief" does not require active introspection and circumspection. For example, we never ponder whether or not the sun will rise. We simply assume the sun will rise. Since "belief" is an important aspect of mundane life, according to Eric Schwitzgebel in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a related question asks: "how a physical organism can have beliefs?"

Venn/ Euler diagram which grants that truth and belief may be distinguished and that their intersection is knowledge. Unsurprisingly, this is a controversial analysis.

Belief (disambiguation)

Belief is a psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true.

Belief may also refer to:

  • Religious belief, a belief regarding the supernatural, sacred, or divine
  • Belief (sociology), an element of performance, in Erving Goffman's dramaturgical sociology
  • "Belief" (short story), a story by Isaac Asimov from the collection Through a Glass, Clearly
Belief (song)

"Belief" was the second single from John Mayer's 2006 album Continuum. The song features Ben Harper on guitar.

Despite its success on the American adult album alternative chart and the South African Top 40, the song never had a music video. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song is about the moral war around the world with people's beliefs and that one cannot keep the world under control to get every single person to believe just one thing.

Belief (TV series)

Belief is a seven-part documentary series hosted by Oprah Winfrey which travels across the globe to explore the traditional practices of religion and spirituality such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Atheism. It premiered on October 18, 2015 on the Oprah Winfrey Network and on January 1, 2016 on the Discovery Network. Winfrey's goal with Belief was to tell all types of stories and personal journeys, answering the recurring question of "who am I?". She hoped that viewers would be inspired by the spirituality of the documentary.

Belief (album)

Belief is the second album of the British EBM group Nitzer Ebb. It was the first album recorded with drummer Julian Beeston (who took over from David Gooday), and Flood took over as producer from Phil Harding. It was released by Mute Records on .

The fifth song on the album, "T.W.A.", appears to have been inspired by the Hezbollah hijacking of TWA flight 847 in 1985.

In a 1989 retrospective for Rolling Stone, Jim Farber wrote that the music video for "Control, I'm Here" had "the most harshly industrial visuals of the year".

Usage examples of "belief".

Creed are exceptional: the absolutist passion with which these beliefs are held and the degree to which they are integral to American nationalism.

Coherence was achieved because the men who created the system all used the same, ever-growing body of textbooks, and they were all familiar with similar routines of lectures, debates and academic exercises and shared a belief that Christianity was capable of a systematic and authoritative presentation.

It offers itself for belief, and, if believed, it is acted on unless some other belief outweighs it, or some failure of energy stifles the movement at its birth.

Those three literati were the Marquis Maffei, the Abbe Conti, and Pierre Jacques Martelli, who became enemies, according to public rumour, owing to the belief entertained by each of them that he possessed the favours of the actress, and, being men of learning, they fought with the pen.

No man enters a Martian city without giving a very detailed and satisfactory account of himself, nor did I delude myself with the belief that I could for a moment impose upon the acumen of the officers of the guard to whom I should be taken the moment I applied at any one of the gates.

If the founder of the Christian religion had deemed belief in the Gospel and a life in accordance with it to be compatible with membership of the Synagogue and observance of the Jewish law, there could at least be no impossibility of adhering to the Gospel within the Catholic Church.

But as the breach between himself and Congress widened, as the bitterness between the partisans of the Executive and of the Legislative Departments grew more intense, the belief became general, that, as soon as Congress should adjourn, there would be a removal of all Federal officers throughout the Union who were not faithful to the principles, and did not respond to the exactions, of the Administration.

But ask yourself if you truly are willing to bet your savings, your job, or your life that Saddam Hussein will not use a nuclear weapon or embark on some new aggression in the belief that his nuclear weapons will deter the United States.

They argue that Saddam respects deterrence and therefore is highly unlikely to use nuclear weapons or to act aggressively in the belief that his nuclear weapons would shield him from an American or Israeli response.

In particular, would he act aggressively in the mistaken belief that his nuclear weapons would deter an American or Israeli nuclear response?

The doctrine of Mulder, so widely diffused in popular and scientific belief, of the existence of a common base of all albuminous substances, the so-called protein, has not stood the test of rigorous analysis.

This newer interpretation of chronic alcoholism has the very important practical corollary of encouraging us to the belief, which is frequently justifiable, that if the chronic intoxication ceases, the individual may completely or all but completely recover, as would not be the case if the fine structure of his brain had been actually destroyed.

He wrote love stories, a thing I have always kept free from, holding the belief that the well-known and popular sentiment is not properly a matter for publication, but something to be privately handled by the alienists and florists.

So much belief, so much authority seemed to have been invested by the builders in these primitive, faceless idols, guardians of the blithe, naked Ama girls, that Bond had a ridiculous urge to kneel and ask for their blessing as the Crusaders had once done before their God.

Christmas, and Bourne says, anent this belief, that it was about the time of cock crowing when our Saviour was born, and the heavenly host had then descended to sing the first Christmas carol to the poor shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem.