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lose (one's) faith (in something or someone)

To stop believing (in someone or something); to become disillusioned, embittered, or doubtful (about something or someone). (When said simply as "lose faith," it is often in reference to losing religious faith in God.) The staff have started losing faith in John's ability to manage the restaurant properly. I lost my faith in my friends ever since they turned their backs on me when my husband left. It's not uncommon to lose faith at some point in one's life, but God will reveal himself to you if you're willing to receive Him.
See also: faith, lose

act of faith

1. An action that reveals or proves one's religious devotion. In my sister's religion, walking on hot coals is an act of faith.
2. An action that reveals or proves one's interest or trustworthiness. The millionaire investor is meeting with us as an act of faith, so our presentation has to be absolutely perfect!
3. An action that tests one's morals and/or beliefs. Leaving your infant with another person is a real act of faith when you're a new mom.
See also: act, faith, of

an article of faith

Something that one believes strongly, whether or not it is actually true. My mother takes it as an article of faith that the government is always right and should never be questioned. In prep school, it is taken as an article of faith that everyone must go on to college.
See also: article, faith, of

an act of faith

an act or deed demonstrating religious faith; an act or deed showing trust in someone or something. For him to trust you with his safety was a real act of faith.
See also: act, faith, of

Faith will move mountains.

Prov. If you believe in what you are doing, you can overcome any obstacle. (Sometimes refers to faith in God.) Jane's faith in her cause could move mountains. You may feel disheartened sometimes, but remember that faith will move mountains.
See also: faith, mountain, move, will

have faith in someone

to believe someone; to trust someone to do or be what is claimed. I have faith in you. I know you will try your best. We have faith in you and know you can do the job well.
See also: faith, have

in bad faith

Fig. without sincerity; with bad or dishonest intent; with duplicity. It appears that you acted in bad faith and didn't live up to the terms of our agreement. If you do things in bad faith, you'll get a bad reputation.
See also: bad, faith

in good faith

Fig. with good and honest intent; with sincerity. We are convinced you were acting in good faith, even though you made a serious error. I think you didn't sign the contract in good faith. You never intended to carry out our agreement.
See also: faith, good

keep faith with someone

to be loyal to someone. I intend to keep faith with my people and all they stand for. We could not keep faith with them any longer.
See also: faith, keep

*leap of faith

Fig. acceptance of an idea or conclusion largely on faith. (*Typically: be ~; make ~; require ~.) We had to make quite a leap of faith to accept his promise after the last time he let us down.
See also: faith, leap, of

Oh, ye of little faith.

Fig. You who trust no one. (Jocular; the word ye is an old form of you used in the Bible.) You thought I wouldn't show up on time? Oh, ye of little faith.
See also: faith, little, of, ye

pin one's faith on someone or something

 and pin one's hopes on someone or something
Fig. to fasten one's faith or hope to someone or something. Don't pin your faith on Tom. He can't always do exactly what you want. He pinned his hopes on being rescued soon.
See also: faith, on, pin

restore someone's trust in something

 and restore someone's belief in something; restore someone's faith in something
to reinstate someone's belief, faith, trust, etc., in something. I knew that a good performance on the test would restore my parents' belief in me. Her faith was restored in the government.
See also: restore, trust

show good faith

to demonstrate good intentions or good will. I'm certain that you showed good faith when you signed the contract. Do you doubt that she is showing good faith?
See also: faith, good, show

take something on faith

to accept or believe something on the basis of little or no evidence. Please try to believe what I'm telling you. Just take it on faith. Surely you can't expect me to take a story like that on faith.
See also: faith, on, take

an article of faith

something that is accepted as being true The importance of a balanced budget had become an article of faith among conservatives.
See also: article, faith, of

keep faith with somebody/something

(slightly formal)
to be loyal to someone or something It is unusual for any official to keep faith with promises made when trying to win an election.
See also: faith, keep

take somebody/something on faith

to believe someone or something without proof You will have to take it on faith that the information I am asking for is really important.
See also: faith, on, take

an article of faith

something that someone believes very strongly without thinking about whether it could be wrong It was an article of faith with Mona that everything she used should be recycled.
See also: article, faith, of

break faith with something/somebody

to stop supporting an idea or person, especially by not doing what you promised to do She claims that the government has broken faith with teachers by failing to give additional funds to education.
See also: break, faith

in good faith

if you act in good faith, you believe that what you are doing is right and legal His defence was that he had acted in good faith. He did not know when he bought the car that it had been stolen.
See also: faith, good

keep faith with something/somebody

to continue to support an idea or person, especially by doing what you promised to do Has the company kept faith with its promise to invest in training?
See also: faith, keep

act of faith

Behavior that shows or tests a person's religious or other convictions, as in Rock climbing with a new, inexperienced partner was a real act of faith. The term is a translation of the Portuguese auto da fé, which referred to the sentencing and execution of heretics (often by burning at the stake) during the Inquisition, when punishing heresy was thought to constitute an assertion of faith. In modern times it is used for more benign circumstances. [Early 1700s]
See also: act, faith, of

good faith

see under in bad faith.
See also: faith, good

in bad faith

With the intention of deceiving someone or doing harm, as in I'm sure they were acting in bad faith and never planned to pay us. This expression was first recorded in 1631. The antonym, in good faith, meaning "sincerely and honestly," as in I signed that contract in good faith, dates from about 1350.
See also: bad, faith

in good faith

see under in bad faith.
See also: faith, good

leap of faith

A belief or trust in something intangible or incapable of being proved. For example, It required a leap of faith to pursue this unusual step of transplanting an animals' heart into a human patient .
See also: faith, leap, of

on faith, take it

Trust, accept without proof, as in I have no firm evidence that Bob's responsible for the errors-you'll just have to take it on faith . This idiom employs faith in the sense of "belief or confidence in something," a usage dating from about 1300.
See also: on, take

pin one's hopes on

Also, pin one's faith on. Put one's hope or trust in someone or something, as in She'd pinned her hopes on an early acceptance to the college but it didn't materialize. This term, dating from the 1500s, originated as pin one's faith on another's sleeve and may have alluded to the practice of soldiers wearing their leader's insignia on their sleeves. By the 1800s, however, it acquired its present form.
See also: hope, on, pin

Keep the faith (baby)!

exclam. a statement of general encouragement or solidarity. You said it! Keep the faith, baby!
See also: faith, keep

Keep the faith !

See also: keep

in faith

Indeed; truly.
See also: faith

leap of faith

The act or an instance of believing or trusting in something intangible or incapable of being proved.
See also: faith, leap, of
References in classic literature ?
Be sure they will, said th' Angel; but from Heav'n Hee to his own a Comforter will send, The promise of the Father, who shall dwell His Spirit within them, and the Law of Faith Working through love, upon thir hearts shall write, To guide them in all truth, and also arme With spiritual Armour, able to resist SATANS assaults, and quench his fierie darts What Man can do against them, not affraid, Though to the death, against such cruelties With inward consolations recompenc't, And oft supported so as shall amaze Thir proudest persecuters: for the Spirit Powrd first on his Apostles, whom he sends To evangelize the Nations, then on all Baptiz'd, shall them with wondrous gifts endue To speak all Tongues, and do all Miracles, As did thir Lord before them.
Let us descend now therefore from this top Of Speculation; for the hour precise Exacts our parting hence; and see the Guards, By mee encampt on yonder Hill, expect Thir motion, at whose Front a flaming Sword, In signal of remove, waves fiercely round; We may no longer stay: go, waken Eve; Her also I with gentle Dreams have calm'd Portending good, and all her spirits compos'd To meek submission: thou at season fit Let her with thee partake what thou hast heard, Chiefly what may concern her Faith to know, The great deliverance by her Seed to come (For by the Womans Seed) on all Mankind.
as well as that which is revealed; in short, let him substitute humility for pride of reason—let him have faith, and live
It teaches us a lesson of humility, by impressing us with the imperfection of human powers, and by warning us of the many weak points where we are open to the attack of the great enemy of our race; it proves to us that we are in danger of being weak, when our vanity would fain soothe us into the belief that we arc most strong; it forcibly points out to us the vainglory of intellect, and shows us the vast difference between a saving faith and the corollaries of a philosophical theology; and it teaches us to reduce our self-examination to the test of good works.
So they parted; and the young man pursued his way until, being about to turn the corner by the meeting-house, he looked back and saw the head of Faith still peeping after him with a melancholy air, in spite of her pink ribbons.
Well, then, to end the matter at once," said Goodman Brown, considerably nettled, "there is my wife, Faith.
He knew that God could do it if He wished, and his own faith was complete.
There are, in the foreign Churches, many representatives of their faith who are worthy of respect and esteem.
Daylight, too, was sceptical, and this despite his faith in the Upper Country.
I understand all that," he broke in; "but what I want to know is whether or not you have lost faith in me?
More died for his faith, that of the Catholic Church.
A conduct which must have shocked the credulity of a pious and sagacious heathen; and which could never have been defended, unless by agreeing with a supposition to which I have been sometimes almost inclined, that this most glorious poet, as he certainly was, had an intent to burlesque the superstitious faith of his own age and country.
Yes, but faith without works is dead," said Stepan Arkadyevitch, recalling the phrase from the catechism, and only by his smile clinging to his independence.
He did not stir; but her look, her agitated movements, the sound of her voice were like a mist of facts thickening between him and the vision of love and faith.
In return for all this we asked but one condition: that was, that you should embrace the true faith, and conform in every way to its usages.