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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Act n.
 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.
 That best portion of a good man's life,
 His little, nameless, unremembered acts
 Of kindness and of love.   --Wordsworth.
 Hence, in specific uses: (a) The result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress. (b) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done. --Abbott. (c) A performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed. (d) A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
 2. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence. [Obs.]
    The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be.   --Hooker.
 3. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing). In act to shoot.”
    This woman was taken . . . in the very act.   --John viii. 4.
 Act of attainder. Law See Attainder.
 Act of bankruptcy Law, an act of a debtor which renders him liable to be adjudged a bankrupt.
 Act of faith. Ch. Hist. See Auto-da-Fé.
 Act of God Law, an inevitable accident; such extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which ordinary prudence could not guard.
 Act of grace, an expression often used to designate an act declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at the beginning of a new reign.
 Act of indemnity, a statute passed for the protection of those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them to penalties. --Abbott.
 Act in pais, a thing done out of court (anciently, in the country), and not a matter of record.
 Syn: -- See Action.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Faith n.
 1. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony.
 2. The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth.
    Faith, that is, fidelity, -- the fealty of the finite will and understanding to the reason.   --Coleridge.
 3. Judeo-Christian Theol. (a) The belief in the historic truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith. (b)  Christian Theol. The belief in the facts and truth of the Scriptures, with a practical love of them; especially, that confiding and affectionate belief in the person and work of Christ, which affects the character and life, and makes a man a true Christian, -- called a practical, evangelical, or saving faith.
    Without faith it is impossible to please him [God].   --Heb. xi. 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.
 4. That which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; especially Theol., a system of religious belief of any kind; as, the Jewish or Muslim faith; the Christian faith; also, the creed or belief of a Christian society or church.
 Which to believe of her,
 Must be a faith that reason without miracle
 Could never plant in me.   --Shak.
    Now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.   --Gal. i. 23.
 5. Fidelity to one's promises, or allegiance to duty, or to a person honored and beloved; loyalty.
    Children in whom is no faith.   --Deut. xxvii. 20.
 Whose failing, while her faith to me remains,
 I should conceal.   --Milton.
 6. Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity; as, he violated his faith.
 For you alone
 I broke me faith with injured Palamon.   --Dryden.
 7. Credibility or truth. [R.]
    The faith of the foregoing narrative.   --Mitford.
 Act of faith. See Auto-da-fé.
 Breach of faith, Confession of faith, etc. See under Breach, Confession, etc.
 Faith cure, a method or practice of treating diseases by prayer and the exercise of faith in God.
 In good faith, with perfect sincerity.