- confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
- belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
- belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
- belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
- a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
- the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith.
- the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath, allegiance, etc.: He was the only one who proved his faith during our recent troubles.
- Christian Theology. the trust in God and in His promises as made through Christ and the Scriptures by which humans are justified or saved.
- in faith, in truth; indeed: In faith, he is a fine lad.
- a female given name.
- strong or unshakeable belief in something, esp without proof or evidence
- a specific system of religious beliefsthe Jewish faith
- Christianity trust in God and in his actions and promises
- a conviction of the truth of certain doctrines of religion, esp when this is not based on reason
- complete confidence or trust in a person, remedy, etc
- any set of firmly held principles or beliefs
- allegiance or loyalty, as to a person or cause (esp in the phrases keep faith, break faith)
- bad faith insincerity or dishonesty
- good faith honesty or sincerity, as of intention in business (esp in the phrase in good faith)
- archaic indeed; really (also in the phrases by my faith, in faith)
mid-13c., “duty of fulfilling one’s trust,” from Old French feid, foi “faith, belief, trust, confidence, pledge,” from Latin fides “trust, faith, confidence, reliance, credence, belief,” from root of fidere “to trust,” from PIE root *bheidh- (cf. Greek pistis; see bid). For sense evolution, see belief. Theological sense is from late 14c.; religions called faiths since c.1300.
see act of faith; in bad (good) faith; leap of faith; on faith; pin one’s hopes (faith) on.