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freethinker

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Definition a person who uses their own mind to decide what to believe rather than accepting dogma — especially with regard to religious beliefs
  • Be careful with your assumptions while you talk with her. She is a freethinker.
  • Our anniversary issue commemorated the extraordinary lives of fearless leaders, freethinkers, innovators and charismatic cultural icons of the past 60 years.
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1563539,00.html  --  Time, 2006
  • A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing.
    Robert Green Ingersoll
  • They were Presbyterians, the judge was a freethinker.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'n'head Wilson
  • To all this her mother replied that Alexandra was a freethinker, and that all this was due to that "cursed woman's rights question."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Your tendency toward freethinking is what ultimately determined that you are the Final Candidate.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • He claims to be a freethinker— Voices (in murmurs of astonishment).
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • No: she was a freethinker.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • She was an oddball, a freethinker, and stubbornly independent, too.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • There are conformists and freethinkers.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • And a fellow from down there was telling me Arrowsmith is great on books and study, but he's a freethinker—never goes to church.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 'Because, my boy, as far as my observations go, the only freethinkers among women are frights.'
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • The man was a freethinker and could speak his mind.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was president of the Freethinkers' Society, and Pudd'nhead Wilson was the other member.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • My mother said the Marez clan was full of freethinkers, which was a blasphemy to her, but my father only laughed.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • I had the honor of telling your countrymen about that great poet and freethinker once his life had drawn to a close.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • I aint no freethinker, but I'll tell you what.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • A Liberal of the forties and fifties, a freethinker and atheist, he may have been led on by boredom or the hope of frivolous diversion.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Malleus Maleficarum—or The Witches' Hammer—indoctrinated the world to "the dangers of freethinking women" and instructed the clergy how to locate, torture, and destroy them.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • In A Room with a View (1908), for instance, Lucy Honeychurch travels to Florence, where she sheds much of her racially inherited stiffness while losing her heart to George Emerson, the freethinking son of an elderly radical.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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