Webster’s Dictionary for FAITH

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Definition of Faith and Word Origin


Meaning for Faith

1.confidence or trust in a person or thing.
2. belief that is not based on proof
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion.
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.
5. a system of religious belief. ie. the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.
7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath, allegiance, etc.:


Faith (fāth)

Origin mid-13 century

from Old English. feith, fayth, fay; from Old French. feid, feit, fei, foi to fulfill one’s duty

from Latin. fides; akin to fidere to trust

from Greek. pistis firm persuasion; akin to peitho to persuade.

from Hebrew. usage of the word expressed full of faith emunah faithfulness; akin to aman to trust, to be certain

And faith is neither the submission of the reason, nor is it the acceptance, simply and absolutely upon testimony, of what reason cannot reach. Faith is: the being able to cleave to a power of goodness appealing to our higher and real self, not to our lower and apparent self.  – Matthew Arnold, “Literature & Dogma,” 1873

Without faith it is impossible to please him [God]. – Hebrews 11:6

The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind which is called “trust” or “confidence” exercised toward the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior. – Dr. T. Dwight.

Faith is an affectionate, practical confidence in the testimony of God. – J. Hawes.

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary  (1888 edition) is a public domain dictionary. This dictionary was published by G. & C. Merriam Company. Release to public in 1913.

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