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[ag-nos-tuh-siz-uh m] /ægˈnɒs təˌsɪz əm/
the doctrine or belief of an agnostic.
an intellectual doctrine or attitude affirming the uncertainty of all claims to ultimate knowledge.
Origin of agnosticism
First recorded in 1870-75; agnostic + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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1870, from agnostic + -ism.

The agnostic does not simply say, "I do not know." He goes another step, and he says, with great emphasis, that you do not know. [Robert G. Ingersoll, "Reply to Dr. Lyman Abbott," 1890]

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agnosticism in Culture
agnosticism [(ag-nos-tuh-siz-uhm)]

A denial of knowledge about whether there is or is not a God. An agnostic insists that it is impossible to prove that there is no God and impossible to prove that there is one. (Compare atheism.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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