non·​be·​liev·​er | \ˌnän-bə-ˈlē-vər \

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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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 Bit by bit, the White House is becoming Trump’s Emerald City: isolated, fortified against nonbelievers, entranced by its mythmaker, and constantly vulnerable to the risks of revelation. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Trump vs. the “Deep State”," 14 May 2018 Would a truly loving God send nonbelievers to hell, even those who have never heard the gospel? Justin Chang,, "Chiwetel Ejiofor brings a preacher's doubts to life in the stirring 'Come Sunday'," 12 Apr. 2018 Were these nonbelievers really God-deniers to the end? James Wood, The New Yorker, "Helen DeWitt Has Your Number," 27 Oct. 2017 In any case, believers and nonbelievers alike can enjoy her latest endeavor: a zodiac-themed jewelry collection for Givenchy. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "A Millennial Spin on Engagement Rings," 16 May 2018

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