unbelieving

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unbelieving denying or questioning the tenets of especially a religion "a skeptical approach to the nature of miracles"
    • adj unbelieving holding that only material phenomena can be known and knowledge of spiritual matters or ultimate causes is impossible
    • adj unbelieving rejecting any belief in gods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unbelieving Believing that the thing alleged is not true; disbelieving; especially, believing that the Bible is not a divine revelation, or that Christ was not a divine or a supernatural person. "Unbelieving Jews."
    • Unbelieving Not believing; incredulous; doubting; distrusting; skeptical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unbelieving Not believing; incredulous; skeptical; doubting.
    • unbelieving Infidel; discrediting divine revelation, or the mission, character, and doctrines of Christ: as, “the unbelieving Jews,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unbelieving not believing, esp. divine revelation
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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:

Instantly there was an almost unbelievable transformation in Maggie.
"Children of the Whirlwind" by Leroy Scott
This seems unbelievable; but Leonard assures me it is true.
"Theodore Roosevelt" by Theodore Roosevelt
But every man of them believes he will go to heaven if he kills an unbeliever.
"Captain Brassbound's Conversion" by George Bernard Shaw
It makes me an unbeliever in the social charities.
"For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke
Nay, do not smile in that unbelieving fashion.
"The Suitors of Yvonne" by Raphael Sabatini
Unbelievers shall be fought with every weapon.
"Old Fritz and the New Era" by Louise Muhlbach
He was looking rather desperate and rather unbelieving.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
Unbelieving, I rubbed my eyes; then leaped to the very brim of the bowl.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
Why should I carp, that the world calls them unbelievers?
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
We have resisted unbelievers, we have fought our own doubts and betrayals, give us now a Sign!
"The Captives" by Hugh Walpole
As he proceeded he became very excited, and the contemptuous laughter of the two unbelievers seemed to make him worse.
"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell
And what is the use, too, as regards the unbelievers?
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Within that volume there is not one particle of mercy for an unbeliever.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 7 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll
An unbeliever can have the opportunity of cross- examination.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The church has not been satisfied with calling Infidels and unbelievers blasphemers.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
It was not so much that she doubted Harry's truthfulness; she found her good luck unbelievable.
"Comrade Yetta" by Albert Edwards
We stared at it unbelievingly.
"In Morocco" by Edith Wharton
But unbelievers find another reason for criticising this relation of John.
"Ecce Homo!" by Paul Henry Thiry Baron d' Holbach
He did not suffer them to die of hunger, as their foolish hearts had unbelievingly anticipated.
"Notes on the book of Exodus" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
What answer can be made to the rational objections of the unbeliever?
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
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In poetry:

"Smile not, fair unbeliever!
One man, at least, I know,
Who might wear the crest of Bayard
Or Sydney's plume of snow.
"The Hero" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Fierce and unbelieving foes
But their bodies could destroy;
Short, though bitter were their woes,
Everlasting is their joy.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
Yet we were what we were,
And, fashioned so,
It pleases us to stare
At the far show
Of unbelievable years and shapes that flit,
In our own likeness, on the edge of it.
"Rebirth" by Rudyard Kipling
Two sorts alone of men, on earth, are known,
The unbelievers, and the faithful train —
The former to perdition, shall be thrown,
The latter shall in endless bliss remain.
"Concerning Purgatory " by Rees Prichard
Ah, misery! what were then my lot
Amongst a race of unbelievers
Sordid men who all declare
That earthly gain alone is fair,
And they who pore on bardic lore
Deceived deceivers.
"To Poesy" by Charles Harpur
On the far horizon waved some flicker of light
far from the eye, a precursor to some morning
Some song, some scent, some unbelievably pretty face
went by unknowingly, carrying a distressful hope
"The Incarceration Of Loneliness" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz

In news:

"This is unbelievable I've got to deal with this.".
Olivia Lett , Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball: National title is 'unbelievable'.
Or maybe it's just that its time is actually, unbelievably, here.
Al Franken's Online Ad Buys Earned an Unbelievable Return on Investment.
Unbelievable Leap Caught on Video.
It is not necessarily unbelievable when they do so over groceries and dirty countertops.
They are unbelievably skilled pilots and its amazing to watch them work.
The past year and a half has been unbelievably hard for Lon Bickham.
With the Optiplex 990 SFF (small form factor), Dell packs tremendous power into an unbelievably compact yet versatile cabinet.
Yes, Sherri, it truly is unbelievable the way so many young people behave these days.
Joe Mazuryk, playing an unbelievable line, won the NBA Christmas Eve Riverfront Agency Classic yesterday at Sunset Recreation.
Cal faces 'unbelievably impressive' Ducks.
" Congratulations on a gold medal, unbelievable performances," Hardwick said.
The forecast for Friday is unbelievable.
Marine Corporal Watson and his family get an unbelievable home rescue in Compton.
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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
In this paper we analyze the status of some ‘unbelievable results’ presented in the paper ‘On Some Contradictory Computations in MultiDimensional Mathematics’ published in Nonlinear Analysis, a journal indexed in the Science Citation Index.
A Comment on "On Some Contradictory Computations in Multi-dimensional Mathematics"
Among some of the unbelievable results ‘proved’ in the paper we can find statements like that: (i) a rotation Tθ : R2 → R2 , θ 6= nπ/2, is inconsistent with arithmetic, (ii) complex number theory is inconsistent.
A Comment on "On Some Contradictory Computations in Multi-dimensional Mathematics"
Among such predictions, the existence of a macroscopic ob ject in superposition is especially unbelievable.
Proposal for testing Einstein's moon using three-time correlations
The appearance of d2 = 7 as a special case seems like an almost unbelievable coincidence.
Information-theoretic postulates for quantum theory
Though some models have been proposed to this question, one of the most possible one is considered to be the model of DMS-ferromagnetism. We, at first, experimentally confirm the ferromagnetism and unbelievably high TC value on (Ga,Mn)N in comparing with the possibility of super-paramagnetism.
A possible model to high TC ferromagnetism in Gallium Manganese Nitrides based on resonation properties of impurities in semiconductors
As is easily understood from the data in Fig.1, the value of TC is unbelievably high. The hysteresis curve clearly indicates typical property of ferromagnetism. The remnant moment means spontaneous spin-polarization and existence of domain area.
A possible model to high TC ferromagnetism in Gallium Manganese Nitrides based on resonation properties of impurities in semiconductors
This temperature, however, is at the condensation limit for dust and possibly unbelievable.
New results on planetary nebula shaping and stellar binarity
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