infidel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n infidel a person who does not acknowledge your god
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Infidel Not holding the faith; -- applied by Christians to one who does not believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures, and the supernatural origin of Christianity; used by Mohammedans to refer to those who do not believe in Islam. "The infidel writer is a great enemy to society."
    • n Infidel One who does not believe in the prevailing religious faith; a heathen; a freethinker; -- used especially by Christians and Mohammedans.Infidel is used by English writers to translate the equivalent word used Mohammedans in speaking of Christians and other disbelievers in Mohammedanism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • infidel Without faith: unbelieving; disbelieving; especially, rejecting the distinctive doctrines of a particular religion, while perhaps an adherent of some other religion.
    • infidel Specifically Rejecting the Christian religion while accepting no other; not believing in the Bible or any divine revelation: used especially of persons belonging to Christian communities.
    • infidel Due to or manifesting unbelief.
    • n infidel An unbeliever; a disbeliever; one who denies the distinctive tenets of a particular religion.
    • n infidel Specifically A disbeliever in religion or divine revelation in general; especially, one who denies or refuses to believe in the Christian religion while accepting no other; one who rejects the inspiration of the Scriptures, or the divine origin and authority of Christianity as revealed in the Bible.
    • n infidel In feudal law, one who violated fealty. Rapalje and Lawrence. Synonyms Infidel, Unbeliever, Disbeliever, Deist, Atheist, Agnostic, Skeptic, Free-thinker. The word infidel is generally used in opprobrium. It may mean either a disbeliever in one's own religion as opposed to another (as a Christian in the view of a Mohammedan, or the contrary), or a deist, an atheist, or an agnostic. (See below.) In strict use, however, it is not applicable to one who has never heard of Christianity, nor to one who rejects some particular doctrine of the Christian church, while he accepts Christianity as a divinely revealed religion, nor to one who is in avowed doubt respecting the fundamental doctrines of Christianity, but willing to be taught and persuaded. The first is a heathen, the second a heretic, the third a skeptic. Unbeliever and disbeliever are negative in form, but disbeliever is positive in its implication that one actually refuses to believe; the unbeliever only fails to believe. (See disbelief.) Unbeliever is almost always general, applying to Christianity as a whole; disbeliever is specific, but has a wider range of possible application: as, a disbeliever in the divine right of kings. A deist believes in a God, but denies the fact or possibility of a revelation. An atheist denies the existence of a God. An agnostic denies
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Infidel in′fi-del unbelieving: sceptical: disbelieving Christianity
    • n Infidel one who rejects Christianity as a divine revelation, but the word is not used of heathens
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Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
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    “If you say, I love you, then you have already fallen in love with language, which is already a form of break up and infidelity.”
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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    “I know a love may be revived which absence, inconstancy, or even infidelity has extinguished, but there is no returning from a d?go?t given by satiety.”
  • Edmund Burke
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    “Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.”
  • George Macdonald
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    “Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of all men than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken.”
  • Wendell Phillips
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    “Write on my gravestone: Infidel, Traitor.--infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. infidelis,; pref. in-, not + fidelis, faithful, fr. fides, faith: cf. F. infidèle,. See Fidelity

Usage

In literature:

And how can we avoid adopting as a legitimate conclusion, the licentious infidel maxim, that "WHATEVER IS, IS RIGHT"?
"The Calvinistic Doctrine of Predestination Examined and Refuted" by Francis Hodgson
His whole life, though maligned as an Infidel and a-scoffer, was one long act of benevolence.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
What are all the lying stories about Infidel Death-Beds but conversions of corpses?
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Biology was opposed tooth and nail as the worst of all infidelity.
"Arrows of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Christ was a thinker, a man of progress, an infidel, a man who outgrew the Church of his time; and the Church of his time crucified him.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
Those who stood erect were infidels and traitors.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Some of them are born in the dense thickets and are reared in the most barbaric infidelity.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700" by Various
I believe she is an infidel.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Perhaps there are some infidels reading this.
"Sovereign Grace" by Dwight Moody
No infidel might enter.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
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In poetry:

"Dost not remember, well, cries one,
When wide the sacred banners flew,
And when, beneath the blessed Cross,
The infidels we slew.
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
From slander also I must keep my tongue,
From falsehoods, and untruths of ev'ry kind,
And never talk of any to their wrong,
Like infidels, who no religion mind:
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
And one there is like thee—the cherish'd, the lov'd -
Ah! have we no tear for her fate?
The foot of the stranger has pass'd o'er her soil,
And the infidel sits in her gate.
"The Lily" by Caroline Fry
Ah think! had the reason by heaven denied,
Been the parent of error, rebellion, and pride,
Would an infidel's wisdom have cost thee no sigh,
More bitter than that thou hast breathed o'er thy boy?
"The Consolation" by Caroline Fry
My mother's youthful heart was given
To one an infidel to heaven;
Alas! that ever earthly love
Could turn her hope from that above;
Yet surely 'tis for tears, not blame,
To be upon that mother's name.
"The Troubadour. Canto 3" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
The Infidel then sees no joyous to--morrow,
Yet he knows that his moments must hasten away;
Poor wretch! can he feel without heart--rending sorrow,
That his joys and his life must expire with to--day!
"To-Morrow - Written During Sickness." by Susanna Blamire

In news:

Ellie Tesher explores the issue of infidelity.
The May-December couple, who have battled rumors of her infidelity for months, were married less than five years.
George Will discussing trade unionism is a lot like the bishop discussing marital infidelity.
"After the Affair" is a book that discussed healing after infidelity .
Couples getting past infidelity have some work ahead of them.
When the strains for war lead to infidelity .
What military spouses know about infidelity .
Rebecca Sinclair wrote this for the Washington Post: "When the strains of war lead to infidelity ".
When the strains of war lead to infidelity .
What Military Spouses Know About Infidelity .
How the FBI discovered CIA director's infidelity .
When it comes to infidelity , men and women are becoming more alike.
REO Speedwagon's Hi Infidelity, the first season of Miami Vice and the John Madden-era Oakland Raiders are among my myriad of guilty pleasures.
Of course, all of America could see this coming, since James' infidelity during his marriage to Sandra Bullock was rather well-known.
Torrei has pursued stand-up comedy already, mostly venting about Kevin 's infidelities.
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