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infidel

in·fi·del

infidel

 
 
pronunciation:
In f del [or] In f dl
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who does not believe in or accept a religious faith, esp. that of Christianity or Islam.
They set off to conquer and convert the infidels.
antonyms:
faithful
similar words:
unbeliever
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: unbelieving, esp. unaccepting of the Christian or Muslim faith.
infidel nations
similar words:
agnostic
Word Parts
The word infidel contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.
fid Latin root that means faith, trust