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He’s agnostic — about the existence of God and the proof of any non-physical belief.
  a person who believes they lack true knowledge about the existence of God (but believes that God might exist)

or more rarely:  someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
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agnosticism agnostic agnostics
Strongly Associated with:   atheist
An agnostic is sometimes compared to an atheist who is firmly convinced that God does not exist.

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  • He’s agnostic — about the existence of God and the proof of any non-physical belief.
  • He was born Jewish, but became an agnostic when he was a teenager, partly because of all that had happened to him as a child.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • David, a lifelong agnostic, had always seemed to be hungry for something more meaningful in his life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • Because, Miss Nosy, I am agnostic.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall

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  • I considered myself an agnostic, emancipated enough from the shackles of belief and also brave enough to resist calling on any such questionable gaseous vertebrate as the Deity, even in times of travail and suffering.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Though nominally a Catholic, I had been raised by Uncle Lamb, the completest of agnostics, and had only the vaguest idea of the significance of a rosary.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Deborah and I came from very different cultures: I grew up white and agnostic in the Pacific Northwest, my roots half New York Jew and half Midwestern Protestant; Deborah was a deeply religious black Christian from the South.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The beginning is an obvious appeal to the agnostic rulers.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He had explained to his mother, when she asked him to say grace, that like his father before him he was an incorrigible agnostic and suspected God was a hoax.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars

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  • ) FATHER FARLEY: He is an episcopalian, an agnostic, an anythingarian seeking to overthrow our holy faith.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A person who is unable to say categorically whether or not the gods or God exists is called an agnostic.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I would never find someone who would understand my peculiar mix of Catholicism and agnosticism, Hispanic and American styles.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • The stranger began to babble and made a prophecy concerning the child that lay in the arms of the agnostic.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • He is pure agnostic—same as me.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Bea’s Lutheran friends were as much offended by his agnostic gibes as the merchants by his radicalism.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • "I act as an escape from the weariness of agnosticism, and I think I’m the only man who knows how his staid old mind is really at sea and longs for a sturdy spar like the Church to cling to."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • I didn’t have the heart to tell him the truth: that I was much closer to an atheist than an agnostic, that I doubted there was a God at all.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • There were passive Muslims, uncertain Muslims, borderline agnostic Muslims, devout Muslims, and Muslims who twisted the words of the Qur’an to suit their temporary desires and agendas.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He had joined an Artizans’ Mutual Improvement Society established in the town about the time of his arrival there; its members being young men of all creeds and denominations, including Churchmen, Congregationalists, Baptists, Unitarians, Positivists, and others—agnostics had scarcely been heard of at this time—their one common wish to enlarge their minds forming a sufficiently close bond of union.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • But Carlos dismissed the Frenchman’s agnostic analysis.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • As for faith, I’ve always called myself an agnostic.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • My father and mother were as agnostic as any two people could be without being branded godless pariahs.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I don’t know if I’m agnostic, but at least I’m honest.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Why, you poor skinny little agnostic, here you have a chance to see the Almighty’s handiwork, and all you grab out of it is a feeling that you’re real smart.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • And Mark answered that in an Indian village the challenge was obvious to all, to stay alive men had to depend on each other, and that everyone came to church, even the agnostics and the atheists.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • It is thus permissible to think of her sitting in the creeper-shaded drawing room at Hyde Park Gate in her widow’s dress, alone, when the children had gone to bed, with a copy of the Fortnightly, trying to reason out the case for agnosticism.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Samuel wrote to Joe, saying, "I would be disappointed if you had not become an atheist, and I read pleasantly that you have, in your age and wisdom, accepted agnosticism the way you’d take a cookie on a full stomach.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He was setting now full sail towards Agnosticism, but such a religious Agnosticism that Miriam did not suffer so badly.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • In the High Explosives Sheds they object to the presence of Agnostics as unsafe.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Come along, or it will be dark before we get to Stourcastle, and there’s no place we can sleep at nearer than that; besides, we must get through another chapter of A Counterblast to Agnosticism before we turn in, now I have taken the trouble to bring the book."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • BROWN Henry Drummond, the agnostic?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • He was permitted, without restriction, to speak of himself as immoral, agnostic and socialistic, so long as it was universally known that he remained pure, Presbyterian, and Republican.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Like all ardent agnostics, Martin was a religious man.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I confess that the war instead of making me orthodox, which is the correct reaction, has made me a passionate agnostic.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He was setting now full sail towards Agnosticism, but such a religious Agnosticism that Miriam did not suffer so badly.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He was what we call an agnostic.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Technically, I suppose you’d call me an agnostic.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • (The JUDGE flashes his customary mechanical and humorless grin.) DRUMMOND Agnostic scientists!
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • An agnostic is someone who holds that the existence of God or a god can neither be proved nor disproved.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • For me, and any other agnostic—the jury’s still out.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • And I refuse to allow these agnostic scientists to employ this courtroom as a sounding board, as a platform from which they can shout their heresies into the headlines!
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Whereas the agnostic, if he stays true to his reasonable self, if he stays beholden to dry, yeastless factuality, might try to explain the warm light bathing him by saying, "Possibly a f-f-failing oxygenation of the b-b-brain," and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • A number of my fellow religious-studies students—muddled agnostics who didn’t know which way was up, who were in the thrall of reason, that fool’s gold for the bright— reminded me of the three-toed sloth; and the three-toed sloth, such a beautiful example of the miracle of life, reminded me of God.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Guess you might say I’m an agnostic.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • I will leave the agnostics to hunt for her.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • I thought you were an agnostic.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • There’s a good bit of agnostic in all of us, Calamity.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Carol herself was an uneasy and dodging agnostic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
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Associated words [difficulty]:   agnostic [5] , atheist [2] , atheist [2] , John the Baptist [5] , invocation [5] , apostasy [7] , apostate [7] , ecumenical [7] , monotheism [8] , polytheism [9]
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