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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Greek
Origin: agnostos 'unknown, unknowable', from a- 'not' + gnostos 'known'

agnostic

noun
     
Related topics: Religion
ag‧nos‧tic [countable]
RR someone who believes that people cannot know whether God exists or not [↪ atheist]
agnostic adjective
agnosticism noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: god WORD FOCUS: god
places where people worship God: church (Christians)
temple
(Buddhists and Hindus)
mosque
(Muslims)
synagogue
(Jews)

treated with great respect because of being connected with God: holy, sacred

having strong beliefs in God: devout, pious

someone who does not believe in God : atheist

someone who is not sure if God exists: agnostic
god

See also
god

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