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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Recent Examples on the Web The scientific tangle of viral variants seems a small problem when measured against the difficulties created by a hardened nonbeliever or the cheap assurance of a government official in a hurry. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 1 June 2021 Riggleman, a nonbeliever who was then a National Security Agency defense contractor, had come along for the ride, paying thousands in 2004 to indulge a lifelong fascination: Why do people — what kind of people — believe in Bigfoot? Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2020 Our pastors and leaders told us that nonbelievers in the world would mistreat us, insult us and even persecute us. Robb Ryerse, Time, 12 Feb. 2020 After her keynote at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby conference, attendees approached her, hugged her, showered her with praise, asked for selfies, sought advice on how to talk to nonbelievers in non-threatening ways. Dan Zak, Washington Post, 15 July 2019 And, the church hopes, perhaps even nonbelievers who are curious about the faith will watch. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2019 The Framers believed that free government was suitable for believers and nonbelievers alike. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2019 Neither can constitutionally pass laws or impose requirements which aid all religions as against nonbelievers, and neither can aid those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as against those religions founded on different beliefs. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2019 There’s evidence that nonbelievers are willing to pay more for beach houses. Nerdwallet, cleveland, 15 Dec. 2019

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1649, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonbeliever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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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