agnostic


1ag·nos·tic

noun \ag-ˈnäs-tik, əg-\

: a person who does not have a definite belief about whether God exists or not

: a person who does not believe or is unsure of something

Full Definition of AGNOSTIC

1
:  a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly :  one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god
2
:  a person who is unwilling to commit to an opinion about something <political agnostics>
ag·nos·ti·cism \-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

Examples of AGNOSTIC

  1. Even polytheists … were in fact tolerated, as Islamic rule spread to most of India. Only the total unbeliever—the agnostic or atheist—was beyond the pale of tolerance … —Bernard Lewis, Islam in History, 1993

Origin of AGNOSTIC

Greek agnōstos unknown, unknowable, from a- + gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know — more at know
First Known Use: 1869

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

Rhymes with AGNOSTIC

2ag·nos·tic

adjective \ag-ˈnäs-tik, əg-\

Definition of AGNOSTIC

1
:  of, relating to, or being an agnostic (see 1agnostic) :  involving or characterized by agnosticism

Examples of AGNOSTIC

  1. Cladistics classifies organisms in nested hierarchies based exclusively on their order of branching. (I should say that I am quite agnostic about this theory, so I do not write as a shill.) —Stephen Jay Gould, Natural History, March 1995

Origin of AGNOSTIC

(see 1agnostic)
First Known Use: 1873

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

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