Synonyms for agnostic

Grammar : Noun
Spell : ag-nos-tik
Phonetic Transcription : ægˈnɒs tɪk

Définition of agnostic

Origin :
  • 1870, "one who professes that the existence of a First Cause and the essential nature of things are not and cannot be known" [Klein]; coined by T.H. Huxley (1825-1895), supposedly in September 1869, from Greek agnostos "unknown, unknowable," from a- "not" + gnostos "(to be) known" (see gnostic). Sometimes said to be a reference to Paul's mention of the altar to "the Unknown God," but according to Huxley it was coined with reference to the early Church movement known as Gnosticism (see Gnostic).
  • I ... invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of 'agnostic,' ... antithetic to the 'Gnostic' of Church history who professed to know so much about the very things of which I was ignorant. [T.H. Huxley, "Science and Christian Tradition," 1889]
  • The adjective is first recorded 1870.
  • noun person unsure that god exists
Example sentences :
  • I saw, too, that from a certain point of view the stand of the agnostic is a right one.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King
  • His wife could not help the sudden thought, "But if we had had an infidel or agnostic son?"
  • Extract from : « The Coryston Family » by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He may remain a Monist, and nothing more; in which case he is an agnostic.
  • Extract from : « Mind and Motion and Monism » by George John Romanes
  • In the sense which would have made belief a solace and relief, I was agnostic.
  • Extract from : « A Daughter of the Middle Border » by Hamlin Garland
  • But we are human souls, after all; and no one is an agnostic for the fun of it.
  • Extract from : « Brother Copas » by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The world is not the same to the Christian theist and to the agnostic.
  • Extract from : « Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism » by F. V. N. Painter
  • I have been sneered at as a "spiritualist," a "spook hunter," an "agnostic."
  • Extract from : « The Return of Peter Grimm » by David Belasco
  • I am not saying Pendleton did not have, you understand; I am an agnostic on that subject.
  • Extract from : « A Circuit Rider's Wife » by Corra Harris
  • He was an agnostic, but because he had been reared in the church he felt that he might as well be married in it.
  • Extract from : « Jennie Gerhardt » by Theodore Dreiser
  • He had by this time become what would now be called an agnostic.
  • Extract from : « The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) » by Leslie Stephen

Antonyms for agnostic

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