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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 deistical

Historical Examples of deistical

  • Heaven does not often express its approval of Deistical books.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

  • But at root Carlyle's thought was more Pantheistical than Deistical.

    Thomas Carlyle

    Hector Carsewell Macpherson

  • Ay, and many a Deistical writer of high repute now in the world.

  • This subject was fairly sifted in the Deistical controversy.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century

    Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton

  • In a sense Kant showed traces of the deistical view to the last.

Word Origin and History for deistical



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

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