- a person who does not accept a particular faith, especially Christianity.
- (in Christian use) an unbeliever, especially a Muslim.
- (in Muslim use) a person who does not accept the Islamic faith; kafir(def 2).
Origin of infidel
Examples from the Web for infidel
Leaflets were widely distributed during that era saying that facial covering was what separated the Muslim woman from the infidel.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil|Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is immaterial if the infidel is a combatant or a civilian.
Safi makes the same threat toward other villagers and warns them never again to help a wounded “infidel” soldier.The Afghan Village That Saved Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell|Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
From inside the apartment, he could hear people calling him an infidel and debating whether to kill him on the spot.
I was, of course, a woman; I was an infidel; and I was alone.Top Afghan General: Taliban Defeat Would Take Less Than a Year|Magsie Hamilton-Little|July 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Saint and sinner, believer and infidel, are alike under this compulsion in matters moral—and in all matters.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
Now the infidel knows no rest; activity is the law of his existence.The Young Priest's Keepsake|Michael Phelan
The infidel, the heretic, was to be run down like a mad dog.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
It was your honour, sire, which that day fell beneath the infidel axe.The Days of Chivalry|Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
I have known places where the owners of a large tract of land were clergymen, and the foreman was an infidel.The Minute Man of the Frontier|W. G. Puddefoot
British Dictionary definitions for infidel
Word Origin for infidel
Word Origin and History for infidel
mid-15c. (adjective and noun), from Middle French infidèle, from Latin infidelis "unfaithful, not to be trusted," later "unbelieving," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + fidelis "faithful" (see fidelity). In 15c. "a non-Christian" (especially a Saracen); later "one who does not believe in religion" (1520s). Also used to translate Arabic qafir, which is from a root meaning "to disbelieve, to deny," strictly referring to all non-Muslims but virtually synonymous with "Christian;" hence, from a Muslim or Jewish point of view, "a Christian" (1530s; see kaffir).