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  • n. One who denies the existence of the universe, or of a universe as distinct from God.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who denies the existence of the universe, or of a universe as distinct from God.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who holds the doctrine of acosmism.

Etymologies

See acosmism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sometimes, finally, he is an acosmist: he denies that the external world exists except in so far as it is thought to exist: or he affirms that we create our own external world out of our own thoughts.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • n. - doctrine denying existence of universe distinct from God. acosmist, acroamatic adj. - esoteric, told only orally. acrocephalic

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  • “Just as summer-killed meat draws flies, so the court draws spurious sages, philosophists, and acosmists who remain there as long as their purses and their wits will maintain them, in the hope (at first) of an appointment from the Autarch and (later) of obtaining a tutorial position in some exalted family. At sixteen or so, Thecla was attracted, as I think young women often are, to their lectures on theogony, thodicy, and the like, and I recall one particularly in which a phoebad put forward as an ultimate truth the ancient sophistry of the existence of three Adonai, that of the city (or of the people), that of the poets, and that of the philosophers.”
    —Gene Wolfe, The Sword Of The Lictor

    January 10, 2011