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

Examples of nonbeliever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The desire to bring back a traditional Muslim way of life from before the French arrived—with the implications this held for the role of women or nonbelievers—became the animating force of the uprising and the essential purpose of throwing off colonialism. Gal Beckerman, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 There are all kinds of labels to describe nonbelievers. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 While the occasional skeptic or nonbeliever can brush off Reynolds’ proclamations as nonsense, plenty of people take them at face value, either agreeing with a patently untrue premise or attempting to put their own spin on it. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 17 Jan. 2024 Chalamet’s delicate features take on a haunted sharpness as Paul hopes to earn what his mother, the Bene Gesserit priestess Jessica, would rather manipulate into being by converting nonbelievers. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 They had been told that they were being questioned only in order to segregate the prison wards according to believers and nonbelievers and their affiliations. Kasra Naji, Foreign Affairs, 17 Aug. 2016 Seated in a circle around her, their faces lit by a crackling campfire, 20 nonbelievers listened with reverent attention. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Of course, there’s always the chance of religious minorities and nonbelievers being mis-holidayed, but reasonable people should be able to overlook that, assuming it’s not done out of malice. Rich Lowry, National Review, 23 Dec. 2023 The enduring challenge for any activist is both to dream of almost-unimaginable justice and to make the case to nonbelievers that your dreams are practical. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonbeliever was in 1649

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“Nonbeliever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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