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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Converting nonbelievers on political grounds seems next to impossible. 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 NBC Black Ink Crew: Chicago The tattoo-themed reality series ends its season. 8 p.m. VH1 The 100 Sanctum is turned into a violent battleground between the devout and the nonbelievers in the sci-fi drama’s Season 6 finale. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday, Aug. 6: ‘Drunk History,’ ‘Woodstock,’ ‘Intervention’ and more," 5 Aug. 2019 Outside, among the nonbelievers, generations of questions and myths have swirled around Garcia and the two apostles before him — his father and grandfather. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 Outside, among the nonbelievers, generations of questions and myths have swirled around Garcia and the two apostles before him — his father and grandfather. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 Study participants all judged the situation to be incongruous, but only nonbelievers readily laughed at it. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, "What’s So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh," 26 June 2019 By Christopher Grasso Oxford, 649 pages, $34.95 Christopher Grasso, who teaches history at the College of William and Mary, is keenly aware of the tension between believers and nonbelievers in American history. D.g. Hart, WSJ, "‘Skepticism and American Faith’ Review: Believe It or Not," 22 Aug. 2018 In recent years, only a small handful of members of Congress have identified themselves as nonbelievers. David Crary, The Seattle Times, "Poll: Voters open to candidates without deep religious faith," 11 Sep. 2018 At trial, several said they were persuaded to go when the group's spiritual leader, Ali Al-Timimi, said after Sept. 11 that the world was on the verge of an apocalyptic battle between Muslims and nonbelievers. Fox News, "Judge tosses terror case convictions, orders prisoner freed," 19 July 2018

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nonbeliever

noun

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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