non·​church·​go·​er | \ ˌnän-ˈchərch-ˌgō-ər How to pronounce nonchurchgoer (audio) \

Definition of nonchurchgoer

: a person who does not regularly attend a church : one who is not a churchgoer a self-confessed nonchurchgoer

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nonchurchgoing \ ˌnän-​ˈchərch-​ˌgō-​iŋ How to pronounce nonchurchgoing (audio) \ adjective
About 37 percent of nonchurchgoing Americans avoid church because of negative past experiences in churches or with church people, according to Barna research. — Greg Garrison

Examples of nonchurchgoer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One relative is a nonchurchgoer, and the other is a Jehovah’s Witness. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Mom assisting son’s job hunt stymied by internships," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nonchurchgoer

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonchurchgoer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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