act of faith


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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.
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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.
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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]
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MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: Some 2 million Muslims from around the world gathered Friday at a desert hill near Mecca in Saudi Arabia in an act of faith and repentance during the climactic emotional and spiritual moment of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
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Adoration is primarily an act of faith--the act of faith as such," the Pope said.
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However, before we examine our recreation in Christ through the Holy Spirit, we must briefly first consider the act of faith.
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The idea that they will ultimately keep the system going, even if they've raked off billions for themselves, because it's in the common good for them to do so, has proved to be a false act of faith by us all.
They believe it enables their societies to reach, in a single leap, a panacea of progress--almost through an act of faith.
My small act of faith in one of Britain's best car brands may seem insignificant, but for me it's an important point of principle.
This service and procession are not just another political protest, but an act of faith, an act of prayer, an act of nonviolent witness.
Because it took seven years for the lemon tree to mature, the planting became an act of faith and patience.
Baptism on account of the dead (1 Cor:15-29); an act of faith in the resurrection.
Their tributes, their tears, their dignified presence, their silence so filled with the moment at hand, as they remember what they saw and heard and felt in the midst of war, transforms my act of respect into an act of faith.
Simply holding up the coverage team is more of an act of faith than a scheme.