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disbelief

dis·be·lief

disbelief

pronunciation:
dIs b lif
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part of speech: noun
definition: a lack of belief; refusal or unwillingness to believe.
synonyms:
denial, incredulity, skepticism
antonyms:
belief
similar words:
agnosticism, discredit, distrust, doubt, dubiety, nihilism, unbelief
Word Parts
The word disbelief contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-