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infidel

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noun in·fi·del \ ˈin-fə-dᵊl , -fə-ˌdel \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of infidel

1 :one who is not a Christian or who opposes Christianity
2 a :an unbeliever with respect to a particular religion
b :one who acknowledges no religious belief
3 :a disbeliever in something specified or understood

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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


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infidel

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Definition of infidel

1 :not holding the faith of a given religion
  • Either they must come to terms with surrounding infidel tribes or they must conquer the hinterland.
  • —Daniel J. Boorstin
  • the infidel nations
2 :opposing or traitorous to a given religion
  • infidel writers
  • an infidel sect

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First Known Use of infidel

1551


INFIDEL Defined for Kids

infidel

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noun in·fi·del \ ˈin-fə-dᵊl , -fə-ˌdel \

Definition of infidel for Students

:a person who does not believe in a certain religion

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