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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For every wildlife biologist that champions the efficacy of pepper spray, there’s an outdoorsmen who remains a nonbeliever. Outside Online, 7 May 2012 Like his fundamentalist forebears, conservative evangelical Baptist theologian Carl F.H. Henry argued in 1976 that all Christian doctrine can be rationally explained and can persuade any nonbeliever. Jason Oliver Evans, The Conversation, 14 Apr. 2022 Aeris’ Carricante from Sicily’s Etna area that will convert a nonbeliever into a worshiper. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2022 But, sometimes a nonbeliever just needs to hear a convincing story from the right person., 19 Oct. 2021 According to Judd, Riley accused his partner of being a nonbeliever but never mentioned violence. Rebecca Lee, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Nonbeliever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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