freethinker

[free-thing-ker]
noun
  1. 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

First recorded in 1685–95; free + thinker
Related formsfree·think·ing, adjective, noun

Synonyms for freethinker

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Examples from the Web for free-thinker

Contemporary Examples of free-thinker

Historical Examples of free-thinker

  • He is a free-thinker and a republican—we are church people and Tories.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Atherstone was a philosopher, a free-thinker, and a vegetarian.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • He, already a free-thinker, was now revealed as a free-liver.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • Her husband seems a sensible fellow, though; but the devil of a free-thinker.

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • John read his drama, The Free-thinker, which was duly criticised.

    The Growth of a Soul

    August Strindberg


British Dictionary definitions for free-thinker

freethinker

noun
  1. a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views, esp in matters of religion
Derived Formsfreethinking, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for free-thinker
n.

1690s, from free (adj.) + agent noun from think.

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