- a person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, especially a person whose religious opinions differ from established belief.
Origin of freethinker
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skeptic, agnostic; atheist.
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Examples from the Web for freethinker
I was already a republican and a freethinker in the days of the Empire.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Socrates is nowhere represented to us as a freethinker or sceptic.Apology
He was a Freethinker at a time when to have thoughts of your own was to be an outcast.
The contadino had become a freethinker since the accession of the house of Savoy.The Parisians, Complete
In religion he was a Freethinker; in morals pure and unspotted.Thomas Paine, The Apostle of Liberty
John E. Remsburg
- a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views, esp in matters of religion
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