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freethinker
used in The Brothers Karamazov

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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
  • 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.
    Book 1 — The History Of A Family (96% in)
  • Of those visitors, many had been men of high rank and learning, some even freethinkers, attracted by curiosity, but all without exception had shown the profoundest reverence and delicacy, for here there was no question of money, but only, on the one side love and kindness, and on the other penitence and eager desire to decide some spiritual problem or crisis.
    Book 2 — An Unfortunate Gathering (14% in)
  • Six months before his death, when he was seventeen, he made friends with a political exile who had been banished from Moscow to our town for freethinking, and led a solitary existence there.
    Book 6 — The Russian Monk (9% in)

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