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agnostic

noun

  1. (person)  someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
    Synonyms: doubter. Type of: person
  2. (religious person)  a person who claims that they can't have true knowledge about the existence of God (but doesn't deny that God might exist)
    Type of: religious person

adjective

  1. (pertaining adjective)  of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism
  2. (nescient)  uncertain of all claims to knowledge
    Synonyms: agnostical. Similar to: nescient

Etymology summary

"one who professes that the existence of a First Cause and the essential nature ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Agnosticism

the view that the existence or non-existence of any deity is unknown and possibly unknowable. More specifically, agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims--especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, as... (39 of 6330 words, 4 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

agnostic | -agnostic | agnosticism [noun, derived]

a person who holds that knowledge of a Supreme Being, ultimate cause, etc, is impossible | a person who claims, with respect to any particular ... (24 of 527 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agnostic

American Heritage Dictionary:

agnostic | agnostically [adverb, related]

One who believes that it's impossible to know whether there is a God. | One who is skeptical about the existence of God but does not profess true ... (27 of 249 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agnostic

Merriam-Webster:

agnostic [entry 1, noun] | agnosticism [noun, related]

a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown ... | a person who is unwilling to commit to an opinion about something (27 of 242 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/agnostic

agnostic [entry 2, adjective] | noncommittal [synonym, sense-specific] | undogmatic [synonym, sense-specific]

of, relating to, or being an agnostic (see "agnostic" [entry 1]); involving or characterized by agnosticism | "noncommittal", "undogmatic" (18 of 161 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

agnostic | agnostics [plural] | polymorphic [synonym, sense-specific] | pluggable [synonym, sense-specific] | modular [synonym, sense-specific]

A person who holds to a form of agnosticism, especially uncertainty of the existence of a deity. | Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents. | Doubtful or uncertain about the existence or demonstrability of God or other deity. | [computing] A ... (40 of 139 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agnostic

Oxford Dictionary:

agnostic | agnosticism [derived]

a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God. | relating to agnostics or agnosticism. | (in a ... (26 of 113 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/agnostic

Random House Dictionary:

agnostic

a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and ... | a person who denies or doubts the possibility of ultimate knowledge in ... (27 of 72 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/agnostic

New World Dictionary:

agnostic | agnostically [adverb, related]

a person who believes that the human mind cannot know whether there is a God or an ultimate cause, or anything beyond material phenomena | of or ... (26 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agnostic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

agnostic [adjective] | agnosticism [noun, uncountable, related]

believing that it's not possible to know whether God exists or not (12 of 40 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agnostic 5

agnostic [countable] | agnostics [plural]

someone who believes that it's not possible to know whether God exists or not (14 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/agnostic

Cambridge Dictionary:

agnostic [entry 1]

someone who does not know, or believes that it's impossible to know, whether a god exists (16 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agnostic 1

agnostic [entry 2] | agnosticism [noun, derived]

having the beliefs of an agnostic (6 of 14 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agnostic 2

Encarta Dictionary:

agnostic | agnostics [plural]

somebody who believes that it's impossible to know whether or not God exists | somebody who doubts that a question has one correct answer or that ... (25 of 68 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584207​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

agnostic

First use: 1870

Origin: "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 ... (28 of 123 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=agnostic

Wiktionary:

agnostic | agnostics [plural]

Origin: First attested in 1870; coined by Thomas Huxley. Either from Ancient Greek ἄγνωστος (agnōstos, "ignorant, not knowing") or from a- + Gnostic. Deriving (either way) from Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-,... (30 of 34 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/agnostic

Collins Dictionary:

agnostic | -agnostic

First use: 19th century

Origin: coined 1869 by T. H. Huxley from a-1 + gnostic

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agnostic

New World Dictionary:

agnostic

Origin: coined (1870) by Thomas Henry "Huxley" from "a-" + "gnostic"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agnostic

Oxford Dictionary:

agnostic

First use: mid 19th century

Origin: "a-1" "not" + "gnostic"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/agnostic

a- [entry 1] | an-

Origin: Greek

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/a--

gnostic | Gnostic

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (as a noun): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek gnōstikos, from gnōstos "known" (related to gignōskein "know")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gnostic

American Heritage Dictionary:

agnostic

Origin: "a-" [entry 1] + "Gnostic".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/agnostic

Merriam-Webster:

agnostic [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1869

Origin: Greek agnōstos unknown, unknowable, from a- + gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/agnostic

Encarta Dictionary:

agnostic | agnostics [plural]

First use: Mid-19th century

Origin: a-2 + gnostic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861584207​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

agnostic | agnostics [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agnostic"

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Collins Dictionary:

agnostic | -agnostic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agnostic"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/agnostic

Macmillan American Dictionary:

agnostic [adjective]

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agnostic [countable] | agnostics [plural]

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

agnostic [countable] | agnostics [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "agnostic"

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agnostic [adjective]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

agnostic [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "agnostic"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "agnostic"

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the Free Dictionary:

agnostic

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Google Dictionary:

agnostic | agnostics [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "agnostic"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

agnostic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "agnostic"

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YourDictionary Audio:

agnostic

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "agnostic" by speech synthesizer

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