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  • 1Complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

    ‘this restores one's faith in politicians’
    • ‘He said the general public had lost faith in politics and politicians and the forming of deals that exclude a section of the public from the political process.’
    • ‘Many people have given way to despondency and helplessness, having lost faith in leaders and politicians.’
    • ‘Since the public has lost faith in ideology, politicians must now use fear in order to maintain their hold over the masses.’
    • ‘In an era when so many of our young people are falling victim of the drink and drug scourge that is sweeping across the country like a typhoon, I had a lot of my lost faith in our youth restored last week.’
    • ‘‘You've got to play with confidence and have faith and trust in what you're going to do,’ Faneca says.’
    • ‘So I ask tonight to have faith, confidence and trust in your own selves, and in this country and above all have trust in the world because he will deliver you, don't worry.’
    • ‘A society that has lost faith in ambition and imagination will be bad for science.’
    • ‘And yes, I've pretty much lost faith in all politicians, even more so in recent months.’
    • ‘There are even former inspectors who worked hard and in good faith who ultimately lost faith in the inspections process.’
    • ‘Sales of unit trusts almost halved in 2001 as investors lost faith in equity markets.’
    • ‘I do not have 100% faith and trust in politicians but I do live in a democracy.’
    • ‘Every single worry about how we socialise children is laid open to question, until one wonders if society has lost faith in our ability to socialise children at all.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder people have lost faith in the political and judicial systems?’
    • ‘Little wonder the citizens have lost faith in the system, in all the institutions, with even the judiciary seen as part of the problem, not the solution.’
    • ‘The printing of this article has restored my faith and trust in humankind.’
    • ‘Individuals have lost faith in one another and confidence in the future.’
    • ‘It's time for an agenda that restores faith in business, trust in business leaders, and hope in the future.’
    • ‘Modernists, by definition, have a strong faith in the future.’
    • ‘American political culture has a strong faith in the efficacy of markets and skepticism in the competence of government.’
    • ‘But underlying the suggestion is a huge faith in the state to predict the future and a belief that it should have the power to control who is fit to have children.’
    trust, belief, confidence, conviction, credence, reliance, dependence
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  • 2Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.

    ‘bereaved people who have shown supreme faith’
    • ‘Christianity in particular has praised those whose belief is founded on faith, rather than proof, as the story of doubting Thomas shows.’
    • ‘I am a person of deep faith, strong religious convictions and an optimistic view of our world as one where love abounds and peace is held up as the common vision of the majority.’
    • ‘Delia had a strong religious faith and an inherent belief in providence and that things would work themselves out eventually.’
    • ‘He is committed to a firm belief, based on his strong religious faith, that he will be healed.’
    • ‘Religion is based on faith, which my dictionary defines as ‘strong belief without proof’, so it cannot be based on reason.’
    • ‘He argued there that environmentalism is essentially a religion, a belief system based on faith, not fact.’
    • ‘They live by explicit faith in the doctrines embedded in their respective religions and cultures.’
    • ‘I've always made a heavy distinction between belief based on blind faith, and belief based on evidence.’
    • ‘Belief in God, on the other hand, could be either an act of faith or a belief based on conclusions from evidence and argument.’
    • ‘Despite battling pain in both heels, Frohlich continues to be driven by her strong faith and sense of conviction.’
    • ‘I suppose growing up in the late twentieth century, an age of unswerving rationality, it's hard to have a belief system based on faith.’
    • ‘So I think my identity in relation to my faith is very strong and what I do during the day ie the five daily prayers help me to a better person’
    • ‘Rather, their faith gave them direction in the face of persecution and general misfortune.’
    • ‘A lady of strong religious faith, Ita never wavered in her devotion to her church.’
    • ‘One big thing for me is I don't think you have to be religious to have a faith and believe in God.’
    • ‘You only need three things in life - faith, hope, and love.’
    • ‘They may even question why someone with such a strong faith should find her daughter's illness so difficult to deal with.’
    • ‘Like many islanders, Caucau's life is governed by a strong faith and a desire to express himself on the rugby field.’
    • ‘A man imbued with a strong faith and sense of duty, Ted will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.’
    • ‘Religious faith naturally appears and is as compelling as the innate desire to be good.’
    religion, church, sect, denomination, persuasion, religious persuasion, religious belief, belief, code of belief, ideology, creed, teaching, dogma, doctrine
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    1. 2.1A system of religious belief.
      ‘the Christian faith’
      • ‘Today's service assembles representatives of a wide range of religions and faiths.’
      • ‘Putting all religions or faiths into one hat and saying that they are all like this is untrue and a bit naive.’
      • ‘We live in the days of pluralism, when all faiths and religions are of equal worth.’
      • ‘It drew in religious scholars of both faiths from around the world.’
      • ‘His duties include working to improve relations between Christian communities and other religions and faiths.’
      • ‘There are so many faiths and religions to represent on the places of worship and we will be careful to include as many as we can.’
      • ‘How ever problems can arise when a couple gets married from different faiths or religions.’
      • ‘People of all faiths, religions and backgrounds have been part of these weddings.’
      • ‘Some religious faiths are towering achievements of human endeavour.’
      • ‘Monasticism is a spiritual way of life that is found in many different religious faiths.’
      • ‘Among the highlights was a spectacular lantern display representing the many religions and faiths of the nations which took part.’
      • ‘The new law on religious affairs allows various faiths with various names to be registered.’
      • ‘There are religious leaders across the faiths who are not in favour of this law.’
      • ‘The basic principle of Khasi religion is similar to the eternal principles of other tribal faiths.’
      • ‘Churches and all the faiths could renew themselves and bring something good to humanity.’
      • ‘Such icons, or graven images, are held in awe by the followers of the respective faiths.’
      • ‘Life Force was set up to establish a living history of faiths and beliefs in Bradford and received funding through a number of grants and loans.’
      • ‘Certainly, the inclusion of early faiths and beliefs into education should be welcomed for a balanced view.’
      • ‘There are many among us who are becoming intolerant of those who are of a different faith, ideology or political party.’
      • ‘Piece by piece I am finding aspects of religions or spiritual faiths that make sense to me.’
      faith, religion, religious belief, religious beliefs, religious persuasion, religious conviction, religious group, faith community, church
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    2. 2.2A strongly held belief or theory.
      ‘the faith that life will expand until it fills the universe’
      • ‘Consider a faith, a belief system, as a theory about how the universe works.’
      • ‘This at least is the assumption of many writers and readers, and in Latin America it amounts to something like a political faith.’
      • ‘Arthur had a strong faith and belief in Rome and what it stood for, but that changes in the movie.’
      • ‘Misplaced faith in political Utopias has, like Stalinism, led to ruin.’
      • ‘I have a strong faith in the role of all women, as envoys of good practice, enabling and empowering our communities to take control of our future.’
      • ‘These are people who I believe really have a strong faith in the idea of the presumption of innocence.’
      • ‘The ‘message movie’ may be much maligned in our more sophisticated age, but at least it showed a faith that popular cinema need not be devoid of substance or ambition.’
      • ‘By and large, they are disenfranchised with the current government, have lost faith in having faith, and look to be about to vote a serious question mark into power.’



/fāTH/ /feɪθ/


    break faith
    • Be disloyal.

      ‘an attempt to make us break faith with our customers’
      • ‘But the York band, whose influences include Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Rainbow and early Genesis, have kept faith and built up an army of loyal fans.’
      • ‘If Giscard can keep faith with his ancestors, we should be equally loyal to ours.’
      • ‘Other insurance companies have done exactly the same thing but have kept faith with their customers by pegging premiums.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We like visiting town and city centres and we like the way Manchester has kept faith with its Victorian past.’’
      • ‘Ferguson kept faith with one of his favourite players and finally received his reward with the magnificent volley that rounded off victory over a depressingly disappointing Charlton outfit.’
      • ‘While the big high-tech firms incurred huge losses and shed jobs, the consumer kept faith with the US and continued to re-mortgage their homes and buy goods of all descriptions.’
      • ‘Stein gave Strachan his international debut against Northern Ireland in 1980-a 1-defeat - and kept faith with him through some sticky times.’
      • ‘Cook kept faith with voting reform, maintaining the present system depresses turnout and contributes to ‘lack of colour’ as parties compete for the swing voter in key marginals.’
      • ‘All of them have been known to wear distinctive bowler hats, just as the judges in the horse showing rings did yesterday as they kept faith with tradition.’
      • ‘Perhaps the most unconscionable aspect of intercollegiate sports is how we have broken faith with the students for whom it should exist.’
    keep faith
    • Be loyal.

      • ‘I would ask the fans to keep faith with us too’


Middle English from Old French feid, from Latin fides.