heathen, pagan, gentile, infidel(noun)
a person who does not acknowledge your god
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 Muslims to refer to those who do not believe in Islam.
One who does not believe in the prevailing religious faith; a heathen; a freethinker; -- used especially by Christians and Muslims.
A non-believer of a certain religion.
One who does not believe in a certain principle.
One with no religious beliefs.
Origin: First attested , from infidelis, from in- + fidelis. See fidelity.
not holding the faith; -- applied esp. to one who does not believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures, and the supernatural origin of Christianity
one who does not believe in the prevailing religious faith; especially, one who does not believe in the divine origin and authority of Christianity; a Mohammedan; a heathen; a freethinker
Origin: [L. infidelis; pref. in- not + fidelis faithful, fr. fides faith: cf. F. infidle. See Fidelity.]
Infidel is a term used in certain religions, especially Christianity or Islam, for one who has no religious beliefs, or who doubts or rejects the central tenets of the particular religion. Infidel is an ecclesiastical term in Christianity around which the Church developed a body of theology that deals with the concept of infidelity, which makes a clear differentiation between those who were baptized and followed the teachings of the Church versus those who are outside the faith. The term infidel was used by Christians to describe those perceived as the enemies of Christianity. When applied to non-monotheists, the usage of the word is similar to the appellations heathen or pagan. As such, the term infidel has often been applied to atheists, whose disbelief is viewed negatively in both Christianity and Islam. After the ancient world the concept of otherness, an exclusionary notion of the outside by societies with more or less coherent cultural boundaries, became associated with the development of the monotheistic and prophetic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The conception of infidelity as a theological condition is a result of their strict conformity to monotheism, as well as their rejection and condemnation of pagan rites.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in′fi-del, adj. unbelieving: sceptical: disbelieving Christianity.—n. one who rejects Christianity as a divine revelation, but the word is not used of heathens.—n. Infidel′ity, want of faith or belief: disbelief in Christianity: unfaithfulness, esp. to the marriage contract: treachery. [Fr.,—L. infidelis—in, not, fidelis, faithful—fides, faith.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
One who defames his Creator and impeaches his own reason by believing in Orthodox Christianity.
The numerical value of infidel in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of infidel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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- infidelCatalan, Valencian
- infidèle, incroyantFrench
- neo-chreidmheachScottish Gaelic
- नास्तिक, काफ़िरHindi
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