Definitions

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  • n. A sceptic; an unbeliever or atheist.
  • adj. Of no faith or religion.
  • adj. Not trusting to faith for salvation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of no faith; also, not trusting to faith for salvation; -- opposed to solifidian.
  • n. An unbeliever.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of no faith or religion.
  • n. One who has no faith; an unbeliever; an infidel.

Etymologies

From nulli- + Latin fides ("faith") + -ian. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • No man with a scrap of imagination could look into the dimpled face of a little girl I know and hurl 'nullifidian' at her.

    Mushrooms on the Moor

  • I fear treachery to the host from this nullifidian Achan — Thou shalt not go with him.

    Old Mortality

  • A man may be content to remain a nullifidian; women cannot rest at that stage.

    Born in Exile

  • She was disposed rather to accuse the intolerable narrowness and the purblind conscience of the society around her: and Celia was no longer the eternal cherub, but a thorn in her spirit, a pink-and-white nullifidian, worse than any discouraging presence in the "Pilgrim's Progress."

    Middlemarch: a study of provincial life (1900)

  • I am inclined to commend a Hajj to Bloomsbury for every adolescent in the land - though that thought is immediately crushed by my awareness that with the death of education in our nullifidian society, these adolescents, deprived of what was once every Englishman's cultural background, will recognise none of the elements common to Jewry, Christianity and Islam, and will lack the curiosity to respond to stimulus.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • I fear treachery to the host from this nullifidian Achan -- Thou shalt not go with him.

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • Again, some sceptical nullifidian or other may be ready to object farther, "That many things related in this collection smell too much of enthusiasm; and that several other things narrated therein, are beyond all credit."

    Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies) A Brief Historical Account of the Lives, Characters, and Memorable Transactions of the Most Eminent Scots Worthies

  • #13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2010-04-02 11: 17 AM

    Drudge Retort

  • Just his offspring. (via Twitter) @nullifidian I think its a shame.

    Planet Atheism

  • #39 | Posted by nullifidian at 2009-06-04 05: 21 PM

    Drudge Retort

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  • Is this the same as atheist?

    December 23, 2010

  • One of no faith or religion; a skeptic in matters of religion, a disbeliever.

    May 13, 2008