disbeliever

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n disbeliever someone who refuses to believe (as in a divinity)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disbeliever One who disbelieves, or refuses belief; an unbeliever. Specifically, one who does not believe the Christian religion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disbeliever One who disbelieves; one who refuses belief; one who denies the truth of some proposition or statement; an unbeliever.
    • n disbeliever Synonyms Unbeliever, Skeptic, etc. See infidel
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Quotations

  • George Orwell
    George%20Orwell
    “He was an embittered atheist (the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him).”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “No iron chain, or outward force of any kind, can ever compel the soul of a person to believe or to disbelieve.”
  • William James
    William%20James
    “As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    Edward%20M.%20Forster
    “Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “That to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.”

Usage

In literature:

It is hard to disbelieve it.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
Either they must be disbelieved, or that literal interpretation of Genesis, so long received, must be abandoned.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
So are disbelievers in a future retribution, generally.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Who disbelieves or doubts them?
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
He won't remedy the matter by creeping back to his cradle and disbelieving in mountains!
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 4 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
So are disbelievers in a future retribution, generally.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
And why should he be disbelieving in that which has been prophesied for generations about the Abbot of Kilronan?
"The Lake" by George Moore
It is certainly not less possible to disbelieve religiously than to believe religiously.
"On Compromise" by John Morley
It is not for me to believe or disbelieve anything in this matter.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
He did not believe, nor did he positively disbelieve.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
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In poetry:

Fair one, 'tis yourself deceiving,
'Tis against your reason's laws;
Atheist-like (th' effect perceiving)
Still to disbelieve the cause.
"Songs Set To Music: 12. Set" by Matthew Prior
Because in Moses' rules I never trod,
Because those sacred truths I disbeliev'd,
Because I never kept the laws of God,
It was that I so very vilely liv'd.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
However deep be the mysterious word,
However dark, she disbelieves it not;
Where Reason would examine, Faith obeys,
And "It is written," answers every doubt.
"Faith" by Caroline Fry
They led a weird and reckless life,
They dined each day, this man and wife
(Pray disbelieve it, if you please),
On a joint of meat, a pudding, and a little bit of cheese.
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The thought that caused my heart to bleed most freely:
I've always tried to go the true love's route,
And then to think my only heart's affection,
Myself and word did disbelieve and doubt.
"Love Regained" by Frank Barbour Coffin
FOOL! said the other, little thou can'st know;
For once, to me some information owe;
In such a case much skill is not required,
And Alan freely gave what I desired.
If me thou disbeliev'st, thy mother ask;
She thoroughly can undertake the task.
"The Progress Of Wit" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

When we read disbelievingly about militia groups in various states and the anti-government mood that prevails in this country, we have only to read Bernadine Healy's July 3 Op-Ed article.
"I still need to be pinched," one disbelieving fan said.
Abused children still ' routinely disbelieved', MPs warn.
To believe in God as good and as creator, one must disbelieve in condemnation.
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In science:

Depending upon how much one believes there is signal in these data, one could choose the dashed curve (believer) or the dotted curve (disbeliever) to separate signal from background.
Quaero: Motivation, Summary, Status
But unless one disbelieves quantum mechanics, all matter is described as waves.
Polariton Condensation and Lasing
Although more sophisticated models give slightly different expectations of the maximal asymptotic size of dn (as pointed out by Granville ), there appears no reason to disbelieve a conjecture such as dn ≪ (log pn )2+ǫ .
On the difference between consecutive primes
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