non·​be·​liev·​er | \ ˌnän-bə-ˈlē-vər How to pronounce nonbeliever (audio) \

Definition of nonbeliever

: a person who is not a believer … a well-known nonbeliever in holiday sales or discounts …— Seung Lee a nonbeliever in ghosts especially : atheist … had grown up in the West and gone to college as a nonbeliever in the Bible Belt … — Tim Keown

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By Christopher Grasso Oxford, 649 pages, $34.95 Christopher Grasso, who teaches history at the College of William and Mary, is keenly aware of the tension between believers and nonbelievers in American history. D.g. Hart, WSJ, "‘Skepticism and American Faith’ Review: Believe It or Not," 22 Aug. 2018 In recent years, only a small handful of members of Congress have identified themselves as nonbelievers. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Poll: Voters open to candidates without deep religious faith," 11 Sep. 2018 At trial, several said they were persuaded to go when the group's spiritual leader, Ali Al-Timimi, said after Sept. 11 that the world was on the verge of an apocalyptic battle between Muslims and nonbelievers. Fox News, "Judge tosses terror case convictions, orders prisoner freed," 19 July 2018 Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike. Paul Schemm, The Seattle Times, "Read the pope’s letter to the faithful on abuse in the Catholic Church," 20 Aug. 2018 For nonbelievers, candles and statues may seem like silly vessels for hopes, especially when the stakes are so high. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Amid immigration uncertainties, Latinos turn to a power higher than Trump," 20 June 2018 Jurors also concluded officers treated nonbelievers inequitably when providing police protection, arrested them without having probable cause and made unreasonable searches of their property. Washington Post, "Town drops appeal of overhaul ordered in discrimination case," 15 June 2018 If there is evidence of official animus toward believers (or nonbelievers), that usually dooms the government’s defense. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "The Rule of Law Prevails in the Travel-Ban Case," 27 June 2018 Westwood's ability to inspire even the most nonbelievers of the power of fashion has served her well for decades., "Westwood Is The Anti-Fashion Documentary We've Been Waiting For," 11 June 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of nonbeliever

: a person who does not believe in something (such as a religious belief or a scientific idea about how something happens or could happen)

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