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agnostic

ag·nos·tic

agnostic

 
pronunciation:
aeg na stihk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who believes it is impossible to know anything about the existence of God or the essential nature of anything.
He'd grown up in a religious family but later became an agnostic.
synonyms:
freethinker, skeptic, unbeliever
antonyms:
believer
similar words:
atheist, disbeliever, doubter, empiricist, heretic, infidel, questioner
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or pertaining to agnostics or their beliefs.
synonyms:
cynical, faithless, freethinking, godless, infidel, irreligious
similar words:
disbelieving, doubtful, incredulous, irreverent, skeptical, unbelieving
derivations: agnostically (adv.), agnosticism (n.)
Word Parts
The word agnostic contains the following parts:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.
gnos, gnosis, gnom, -gnomy Greek root that means know, knowledge
synonyms:
cogn, cognit, gnor
 
-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.