1984, Supreme Court of Illinois, opinion in People v Terrell, 459 N.E.2d 1337, quoted in David C. Brody, James R. Acker, and Wayne A. Logan, Criminal Law, Jones & Bartlett Publishers (2001), ISBN 0-8342-1083-5, page 564,
The definition of a cult is a group of people with extreme dedication to a certain leader or set of beliefs that are often viewed as odd by others, or is an excessive and misplaced admiration for someone or something, or is something that is popular among a certain segment of society.
The manner in which a person or thing is placed or posed, or the manner in which parts are arranged [a dog in a sitting position]; specif., any of various customary postures assumed by an individual [the lotus position] or a couple [the missionary position]
(Logic) A process of reasoning that moves from the general to the specific, in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the premises presented, so that the conclusion cannot be false if the premises are true.
Theory or logical analysis of the principles underlying conduct, thought, knowledge, and the nature of the universe: included in philosophy are ethics, aesthetics, logic, epistemology, metaphysics, etc.
An agreeing to terms or proposals by which a bargain is concluded and the parties are bound; the reception or taking of a thing bought as that for which it was bought, or as that agreed to be delivered, or the taking possession as owner.
Positivism is the state of being certain or very confident of something.
suggests mere mental acceptance of something that may have no solid basis in fact See also syn. study at opinion.
also suggests such assurance, esp. when based on reason or evidence
implies assurance, often apparently intuitive, in the reliability of someone or something
implies complete, unquestioning acceptance of something, esp. something not supported by reason, even in the absence of proof
, the term of broadest application in this comparison, implies mental acceptance of something as true, even though absolute certainty may be absent
Find another word for belief. In this page you can discover 123 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for belief, like: belief, creed, notion, ism, principle, feeling, incredulous, credence, profession, trust and axiom.
What she's telling me is beyond belief and yet I know this ability exists.
That so clear-headed a man could have credited the lies of Oates and the other perjurers is beyond belief; and the manner in which he excited baseless alarms, and encouraged fanatic cruelty, for nothing but party advantage, is without excuse.
Objections to the belief in immortality have been advanced from the standpoints of materialism, naturalism, pessimism and pantheism.