un·​be·​liev·​er | \ ˌən-bə-ˈlē-vər How to pronounce unbeliever (audio) \

Definition of unbeliever

1 : one that does not believe in a particular religious faith
2 : one that does not believe : an incredulous person : doubter, skeptic

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Examples of unbeliever in a Sentence

a hardheaded unbeliever who demanded to see concrete evidence of any alleged UFO activity

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The isolated world of Appalachian snake handlers is the setting for this drama about a pastor’s daughter who falls in love with an unbeliever. Cary Darling |, Houston Chronicle, "New Films: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold,’ ‘Bring the Soul’," 8 Aug. 2019 The philosophe wondered what was left to unbelievers in the way of ethical guidelines. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 Decree defeat, humiliation and unbelief to the unbelievers. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Too Radical for France, a Muslim Clergyman Faces Deportation," 5 Apr. 2018 Melnik was a mocker and an unbeliever, a lecher, a contrary creature. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Boarder," 30 Apr. 2018 For the casual, uninitiated baseball fan who tunes in every once in a while, this season’s home-run calls must sound as baffling as a Pentecostal sermon to an unbeliever. Jay Caspian Kang, New York Times, "Why Are Some New Statistics Embraced and Not Others?," 29 Aug. 2017 But their willingness to ally themselves with any enemy of their enemy has left them in the strange position of cheerleading regimes that jail homosexuals, murder dissidents, stone unbelievers, and drop barrel bombs on civilians in Aleppo. Yascha Mounk, Slate Magazine, "America’s Abdication," 5 Jan. 2017 Unwilling to caricature belief, Crane strives to offer an accurate picture to his fellow unbelievers, distilling the religious worldview into a combination of a sense of the transcendent and an identification with a community. New York Times, "12 New Books We Recommend This Week," 26 Oct. 2017 Meanwhile, at school, the clerisy is enlisting children in a campaign to expose heretics and unbelievers. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Review: Philip Pullman Returns to Lyra’s Oxford in ‘The Book of Dust’," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of unbeliever

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unbeliever

: a person who does not believe something especially : a person who does not believe in a particular religious faith

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