free·​think·​er | \ ˈfrē-ˈthiŋ-kər How to pronounce freethinker (audio) \

Definition of freethinker

: a person who thinks freely or independently : one who forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority especially : one who rejects or is skeptical of religious dogma

Other Words from freethinker

freethinking \ ˈfrē-​ˈthiŋ-​kiŋ How to pronounce freethinker (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of freethinker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 61-year-old, the oldest in the group, described himself as a freethinker and a proud Russian who wanted to show Ukrainians that not all Russians supported the war — in fact, there were some like him who would fight on their side. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Marie-Aurore de Saxe, a French noblewoman and freethinker, was painted in the guise of Diana, the huntress, wearing a leopard-print gown with billowing sleeves and a plunging bosom. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 When charges of financial impropriety are levied against the Bakkers, Falwell, portraying himself as the couple’s ally, relies on the scandal to rid himself and the movement of its pesky freethinker. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 24 Sep. 2021 Stanton, like some of the suffragists, was a freethinker who did not attend church and saw Christianity as hostile to women’s rights. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Aug. 2020 New intriguing documentary Spaceship Earth follows the ragtag group of freethinkers who became famous for the creation of Biosphere 2, a manmade vivarium in the middle of the desert meant to test whether humans could sustain life on another planet. Ineye Komonibo,, 8 May 2020 Because, as well as being a pioneering logician, Russell was an uncompromising freethinker—and an early advocate of free love. The Economist, 16 Apr. 2020 As a place that still evokes the ghosts of Huxley, Maslow, Campbell and countless other freethinkers, Esalen is often in danger of being imprisoned by its past, said Kripal. Wallace Baine,, 5 Sep. 2019 His chief contribution is to put on center stage a cast of skeptics and freethinkers whom historians often relegate to the wings. D.g. Hart, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of freethinker

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

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“Freethinker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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