unbeliever

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n unbeliever someone who refuses to believe (as in a divinity)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unbeliever A disbeliever; especially, one who does not believe that the Bible is a divine revelation, and holds that Christ was neither a divine nor a supernatural person; an infidel; a freethinker.
    • Unbeliever One who does not believe; an incredulous person; a doubter; a skeptic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unbeliever An incredulous person; one who does not believe.
    • n unbeliever One who discredits Christian revelation, or the mission, character, and doctrines of Christ.
    • n unbeliever One who does not believe in or hold any given religion.
    • n unbeliever Synonyms Skeptic, Disbeliever, etc. See infidel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unbeliever one who does not believe, esp. in divine revelation: an incredulous person
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Quotations

  • Leo Rosten
    Leo%20Rosten
    “I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    Desiderius%20Erasmus
    “They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.”
  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    Marcus%20T.%20Cicero
    “Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.”
  • Rene Descartes
    Rene Descartes
    “There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.”

Usage

In literature:

Hours ago he had sent out the almost unbelieving footman for them.
"Who Cares?" by Cosmo Hamilton
She went to the wood-shed and stared unbelievingly at the cold stove, the tubs of soaking clothes.
"A Daughter of the Land" by Gene Stratton-Porter
He therefore got together an army and fought battles and unbelievers.
"Famous Men of the Middle Ages" by John H. Haaren
In contrast to the agitation I felt rising within me, she was extraordinarily calm, unbelievably so.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Fate will lead us surely, O unbelieving one, if you will but place your hand unresistingly in hers.
"The Gates of Chance" by Van Tassel Sutphen
After almost unbelievable hardships, he had found the red pygmies, and had allowed himself to be captured by them.
"Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle" by Victor Appleton
What an utter fool, what an unbelievable idiot he had made of himself!
"The Window-Gazer" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
The furnished suite was unbelievably lovely to Martie's unaccustomed eyes.
"Martie the Unconquered" by Kathleen Norris
Not a throat of an unbeliever in the world shall be left un-slit!
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
If I am an unbeliever, is it possible for me to banish from my mind the reasons that have shaken my faith?
"Good Sense" by Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach
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In poetry:

Thy jealous unbelieving heart
Still droops, and knows not why;
Then prove thyself to ease thy smart,
Thy Husband bids the try.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Now, did He really break the seal
And rise again? We dare not say;
But conscious unbelievers feel
Quite sure of Judgement Day.
"Friday's Child" by W H Auden
Most are murmurers, kicking still
Against our lot; Unbelieving God's wise will,
That portions human good and ill,
And favours not.
"The Mingled Cup" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
In faith and kinship with real life
And with the future knit as one,
We're bound to find immortal words
Of unbelievable simplicity.
"Things of great worth shall come to pass..." by Boris Pasternak
But when, how soon the frame's away,
And comfortable feelings fail;
So soon my faith falls in decay,
And unbelieving doubts prevail:
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
"When I meet these unbelievers,
With thick lips and eagle noses,
Thus I scorn them, thus revile them,
Thus I spit upon their garment."
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Last Thursday, the Newspaper Association of America quietly posted almost unbelievably grim news on its website.
Man makes unbelievable find in his well in his back yard.
The percentage of those who feel either "somewhat negative" or "very negative" about Miller has skyrocketed in recent weeks to an unbelievable 68.
You may find this unbelievable.
We conclude our look at some unbelievable safety reports.
We are granted unbelievable access to some of your favorite players.
Because he's a sharp dresser and an unbelievably talented backyard cook.
Savannah, GA) It seems unbelievable that a time of tragedy brings out not only the best but the worst in our society.
Sounds unbelievable, but apparently true.
It is unbelievable the number of drivers who still have not noticed that the traffic signal at the intersection of Kamehameha and Wakea avenues has been modified.
Barnum , whose goal in life is to fill the lives of his audiences with the unbelievable, and convincing them that what they see is real.
Many of us are still mastering the original I- Pad (the folks here at Newstalk 870 included)…now, comes news of 'unbelievable' technology in the new I- Pad HD.
It makes an unbelievable difference in a hospital stay for a child.
After an unbelievably disappointing 4-7 start, the Chicago Bears are left looking for answers.
These guys are unbelieveable to watch, and I'm still not sure if they are even human with how fast they can play those instruments.
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In science:

However, since the two particles in this experiment are emitted in an unentangled state, the results obtained maybe seem unbelievable.
On the Experimental Incompatibility Between Standard and Bohmian Quantum Mechanics
However, this solution has the fatal flaw that it does not satisfy the equation of continuity: If one were to estimate the mass flux from the irradiated to the shadowed side by this formula, he would come to the unbelievable conclusion of no mass flux across the shadow boundary because the velocity there is zero.
Enhanced mass transfer during dwarf nova outbursts by irradiation of the secondary?
Although there is α . 63o as discussed in section 2, the angle should not be too small, or it would give too wide radio beams (Fig.1), which must be emitted from unbelievably high distances near the light cylinder.
Possible evidence for the pulsed X-ray emission from outer gap in PSR B1937+21?
This results in a severe fine-tuning problem of order 1055 , since the virtual quantum fluctuations giving rise to λvac must cancel λ0 to an unbelievable degree of accuracy.
Satellite E\"otv\"os Test of the Weak Equivalence Principle for Zero-Point Vacuum Energy
Because the Lorentz-Dirac equation has so many unbelievable consequences, many authors have proposed replacements for it. F.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
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