deist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj deist of or relating to deism
    • n deist a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Deist dē"ĭst One who believes in the existence of a God, but denies revealed religion; a freethinker.☞ A deist, as denying a revelation, is opposed to a Christian; as, opposed to the denier of a God, whether atheist or pantheist, a deist is generally denominated theist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deist One who believes in the existence of a personal God, but in few or none of the more special doctrines of the Christian religion; one who holds to some of the more general propositions of the Christian faith concerning the Deity, but denies revelation and the authority of the church. The name in this sense is particularly appropriated to a group of English writers, mostly of the first half of the eighteenth century. See free-thinker.
    • n deist One who holds the opinion that there is a God, but no divine providence governing the affairs of men; one who holds that, God is not only distinct from the world, but also separated from it.
    • n deist Synonyms Atheist, Skeptic, etc. See infidel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Deist dē′ist one who believes in the existence of God, but not in revealed religion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deus, god: cf. F. déiste,. See Deity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. déiste, déisme—L. deus, a god.

Usage

In literature:

Atheism then has become democratic as a weapon against the deists who are generally aristocrats.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
It is, therefore, not surprising to find the names of the deists, Franklin and Paine, associated with Quakers in this movement.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
The atheist, you see, is proved a fool, and the deist is no better.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume I, No. 8, August, 1880" by Various
We then systematize as follows: first, the Deist who accepts the character of Christ as exhibiting a superior life.
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal," by Various
Will the Deist answer this question?
"The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal," by Various
On the contrary, he was always a deist.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
The fact is that Butler, seeking to checkmate the Deists, committed himself to anomaly as a mark of revelation.
"Rationalism" by John Mackinnon Robertson
The Deists upheld what they called the Religion of Nature and repudiated Revelation.
"Modern Substitutes for Christianity" by Pearson McAdam Muir
How about the atheist, the deist, the pantheist?
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
Vatel was a fanatical deist; Dupin a notorious Jansenist; Pereira a devoted creature {97} of Pombal.
"The New Conspiracy Against the Jesuits Detected and Briefly Exposed" by R. C. Dallas
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In news:

Jessica Mootsey and John Deist , both of Boswell, were married July 23 at the Boswell firemans grove.
The bridegroom is the son of Lois Deist , Berlin.
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In science:

Science 1999, 286, 2244-2245. 138. Hacein-Bey-Abina, S.; von Kalle, C.; Schmidt, M.; Le Deist, F.; Wulffraat, N.; McIntyre, E.; Radford, I.; Villeval, J. L.; Fraser, C. C.; Cavazzana-Calvo, M.; et al. A serious adverse event after successful gene therapy for X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
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