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  1. a person who believes in deism.
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Origin of deist

1555–65; < Middle French déiste < Latin de(us) god + French -iste -ist
Related formsde·is·tic, de·is·ti·cal, adjectivede·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·de·ist, nounnon·de·is·tic, adjectivenon·de·is·ti·cal, adjectivenon·de·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·de·is·ti·cal, adjective
Can be confusedatheist deist theist
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Examples from the Web for deist

Historical Examples of deist

  • The author is not an atheist in one page, and a deist in another.

    Diderot and the Encyclopdists

    John Morley

  • A deist is one who believes in God but denies revealed religion.


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • The period was that of the culmination of the deist controversy.

  • He would have knocked down a deist as soon as looked at him.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • His Lordship was the first Deist in England that has left an account of his opinions.

    The Town

    Leigh Hunt

Word Origin and History for deist


1620s, from French déiste, from Latin deus (see Zeus). Related: Deistic (1795). Also cf. deism.

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