nonbeliever

noun
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 Our pastors and leaders told us that nonbelievers in the world would mistreat us, insult us and even persecute us. Robb Ryerse, Time, "I Questioned the Sincerity of Donald Trump's Pro-Life Stance. The Response From My Fellow Evangelicals Was Troubling," 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, "One of America’s top climate scientists is an evangelical Christian. She’s on a mission to convert skeptics.," 15 July 2019 And, the church hopes, perhaps even nonbelievers who are curious about the faith will watch. New York Times, "Lights. Camera. Prayer. A Mini-Hollywood Grows in Utah.," 13 Oct. 2019 The Framers believed that free government was suitable for believers and nonbelievers alike. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "William Barr’s Wild Misreading of the First Amendment," 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, "William Barr’s Wild Misreading of the First Amendment," 18 Oct. 2019 There’s evidence that nonbelievers are willing to pay more for beach houses. Nerdwallet, cleveland, "Mortgage trends in 2020 include low rates, fewer homes and more competition," 15 Dec. 2019 The son of a pious Sunni family from the Iraqi district of Samarra, al-Baghdadi parlayed religious fervor, hatred of nonbelievers and the power of the internet into the path that catapulted him onto the global stage. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader Known for His Brutality, Is Dead at 48," 27 Oct. 2019 Al-Baghdadi, by contrast, was directly involved in some of his group’s most notorious atrocities, including the organized rape of women considered to be nonbelievers. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader Known for His Brutality, Is Dead at 48," 27 Oct. 2019

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1649, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonbeliever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonbeliever. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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nonbeliever

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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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