a person who does not believe.
a person who does not accept any, or some particular, religious belief.

Origin of unbeliever

1520–30; un-1 + believer
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Contemporary Examples of unbeliever

Historical Examples of unbeliever

  • They sang once more, a hymn that prophesied woe to the unbeliever.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Shall we believe the oath of an unbeliever attainted of sacrilege?

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "The unbeliever is for ever peeping forth from thee," was Marzak's dignified reply.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • In this case the believers were all lost and the unbeliever saved.

  • She never was an atheist like Godwin, or an unbeliever of the Voltaire school.

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

British Dictionary definitions for unbeliever



a person who does not believe or withholds belief, esp in religious matters
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Word Origin and History for unbeliever

1520s, agent noun from unbelief.

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