unbelieving

adjective

un·​be·​liev·​ing ˌən-bə-ˈlē-viŋ How to pronounce unbelieving (audio)
: marked by unbelief : incredulous, skeptical
unbelievingly adverb

Examples of unbelieving in a Sentence

She had an unbelieving look on her face. unbelieving scientists who demand that all phenomena be subjected to rigorous scientific scrutiny
Recent Examples on the Web As punishment, God confines them to the desert for 40 years, until the unbelieving generation ... Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 10 Sep. 2023 He was told that unbelieving boys and girls in short dresses and naked arms met in these places and fell in love. The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2022 Discipleship, ministry and mission all happened in homes as families lived out their faith in Jesus in the midst of an unbelieving world. The Rev. Bill Thomas, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 12 Dec. 2020 But the unbelieving or skeptical child, with no great desire to change his life, felt abandoned by those who should have been in charge, and wondered furtively at the authority of that divine command. James Wood, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2020 The story centers on two scientists who, upon discovering that a meteor will strike the Earth in six months, go on a media tour to try to warn the world but find an unreceptive and unbelieving populace. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbelieving was in the 14th century

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“Unbelieving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbelieving. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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