non·​church·​go·​er ˌnän-ˈchərch-ˌgō-ər How to pronounce nonchurchgoer (audio)
: a person who does not regularly attend a church : one who is not a churchgoer
a self-confessed nonchurchgoer
nonchurchgoing 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, 14 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonchurchgoer was in 1856

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“Nonchurchgoer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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