Definition of infidel in English:

infidel

Pronunciation: /ˈinfədl//ˈinfəˌdel/

noun

archaic
  • A person who does not believe in religion or who adheres to a religion other than one's own.

    ‘they wanted to secure the Holy Places from the infidel’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He meant, I imagined, that they were sacrilegious infidels.’
    • ‘So it was not only the scoffing of infidels which spread the conviction that the religious life of France needed comprehensive reform.’
    • ‘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.’
    unbeliever, disbeliever, non-believer, heathen, pagan, idolater, idolatress, heretic, agnostic, atheist, non-theist, nihilist, apostate, freethinker, libertine, dissenter, nonconformist
    paynim
    nullifidian
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adjective

  • Adhering to a religion other than one's own.

    ‘the infidel foe’
    • ‘At the moment I'm reading your stupid questionnaire, you infidel fool.’
    • ‘The new objects were dismissed by Descartes' disciples, who felt certain that this infidel mathematician and his ungodly ‘discoveries’ could be explained away.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seventy years ago, before our country was rich, our people went to those infidel countries to work; our own people earned money there to support their families here.’
    • ‘But strip an Irish Catholic of his nationality, and you tumble down the bulwark that shelters his faith in a foreign and infidel land.’
    atheistic, unbelieving, non-believing, non-theistic, agnostic, sceptical, heretical, faithless, godless, ungodly, unholy, impious, profane, infidel, barbarian, barbarous, heathen, heathenish, idolatrous, pagan
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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).

Pronunciation:

infidel

/ˈinfədl//ˈinfəˌdel/