Definition of infidel
1 : one who is not a Christian or who opposes Christianity
2a : an unbeliever with respect to a particular religionb : one who acknowledges no religious belief
3 : a disbeliever in something specified or understood
Examples of infidel in a sentence
a holy war against the infidels
Recent Examples of infidel from the web
When Christendom launched the Crusades, the holy wars that shaped Europe, in the eleventh century, Jews were the paradigmatic enemy inside (the infidel near at hand), and Muslims became the defining enemy outside (the infidel far away).
But the Sunni extremists of Islamic State branded these Iraqis as infidels or heretics, and several hundred thousand members of these communities fled the group’s clutches, abandoning their property and homes.
Over what — infidels, gays, society’s failure to grant him proper deference, all of it — remains unclear.
To his kidnappers, Pearl was not a messenger to the outside world, but a scapegoat to be sacrificed for the sins of his fellow infidels.
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Origin and Etymology of infidel
Middle English infidele, from Middle French, from Late Latin infidelis unbelieving, from Latin, unfaithful, from in- + fidelis faithful — more at fidelity
First Known Use: 15th century
INFIDEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of infidel for English Language Learners
: a person who does not believe in a religion that someone regards as the true religion
INFIDEL Defined for Kids
Definition of infidel for Students
: a person who does not believe in a certain religion
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