act of faith
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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{n. phr.} An act or a deed that shows unquestioning belief in someone or something. * /It was a real act of faith on Mary's part to entrust her jewelry to her younger sister's care./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • Act of faith — Faith Faith (f[=a]th), n. [OE. feith, fayth, fay, OF. feid, feit, fei, F. foi, fr. L. fides; akin to fidere to trust, Gr. pei qein to persuade. The ending th is perhaps due to the influence of such words as truth, health, wealth. See {Bid},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Act of faith — Act Act ([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See {Agent}.] 1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. [1913 Webster] That best portion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • act of faith — {n. phr.} An act or a deed that shows unquestioning belief in someone or something. * /It was a real act of faith on Mary s part to entrust her jewelry to her younger sister s care./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • act of faith — Etymology: translation of Portuguese auto da fé : an act requiring or displaying faith; specifically : auto da fé * * * an act that demonstrates or tests the strength of a person s convictions, as an important personal sacrifice. Cf. auto da fé.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • act\ of\ faith — n. phr. An act or a deed that shows unquestioning belief in someone or something. It was a real act of faith on Mary s part to entrust her jewelry to her younger sister s care …   Словарь американских идиом

  • act of faith — noun 1. an act which demonstrates or tests the strength of a person s convictions, as a personal sacrifice. 2. Colloquial a risk or gamble, especially one taken because of a hunch …   Australian English dictionary

  • act of faith — an act that demonstrates or tests the strength of a person s convictions, as an important personal sacrifice. Cf. auto da fé. * * * …   Universalium

  • act of faith —  Акт веры …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Act of attainder — Act Act ([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See {Agent}.] 1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. [1913 Webster] That best portion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Act of bankruptcy — Act Act ([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See {Agent}.] 1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. [1913 Webster] That best portion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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