Definition of infidel in English:

infidel

Syllabification: in·fi·del
Pronunciation: /ˈinfədl, -ˌdel
 
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noun

chiefly • archaic
  • A person who does not believe in religion or who adheres to a religion other than one’s own: (as plural noun the infidel) they wanted to secure the Holy Places from the infidel
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    • It does not believe that there are pagans and infidels waiting to be converted to a particular system of beliefs and ideas or a race of the damned waiting to be saved.
    • Churches were running out of room, and infidels begged the religious community to pray to their God to save them.
    • Particular emphasis is placed on not recognizing the holy days or national observances of the infidels.
    Synonyms
    unbeliever, disbeliever, nonbeliever, agnostic, atheist; heathen, pagan, idolater, heretic, freethinker, dissenter, nonconformist
    archaic paynim
    rare nullifidian

adjective

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  • Adhering to a religion other than one’s own: the infidel foe
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    • The new objects were dismissed by Descartes' disciples, who felt certain that this infidel mathematician and his ungodly ‘discoveries’ could be explained away.
    • But strip an Irish Catholic of his nationality, and you tumble down the bulwark that shelters his faith in a foreign and infidel land.
    • The Turks were marched to Gallipoli to defend their homeland from infidel invaders; the English and Aussies and New Zealanders, shipped to Turkey to defeat the barbarians who had joined the German invaders.

Origin

late 15th century: from French infidèle or Latin infidelis, from in- 'not' + fidelis 'faithful' (from fides 'faith', related to fidere 'to trust'). The word originally denoted a person of a religion other than one's own, specifically a Muslim (to a Christian), a Christian (to a Muslim), or a Gentile (to a Jew).

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