a person who holds that the existence of the ultimate cause, as God, and the essential nature of things are unknown and unknowable, or that human knowledge is limited to experience.
Synonyms: disbeliever, nonbeliever, unbeliever; doubter, skeptic, secularist, empiricist; heathen, heretic, infidel, pagan.
a person who denies or doubts the possibility of ultimate knowledge in some area of study.
a person who holds neither of two opposing positions on a topic:
Socrates was an agnostic on the subject of immortality.
of or relating to agnostics or their doctrines, attitudes, or beliefs.
asserting the uncertainty of all claims to knowledge.
holding neither of two opposing positions:
If you take an agnostic view of technology, then it becomes clear that your decisions to implement one solution or another should be driven by need.
“He has been so unusually amiable,” agnostically said Justine.
A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
a person who holds that knowledge of a Supreme Being, ultimate cause, etc, is impossible Compare atheist, theist
a person who claims, with respect to any particular question, that the answer cannot be known with certainty
of or relating to agnostics
1870, “one who professes that the existence of a First Cause and the essential nature of things are not and cannot be known” [Klein]; coined by T.H. Huxley (1825-1895), supposedly in September 1869, from Greek agnostos “unknown, unknowable,” from a- “not” + gnostos “(to be) known” (see gnostic). Sometimes said to be a reference to Paul’s mention of the altar to “the Unknown God,” but according to Huxley it was coined with reference to the early Church movement known as Gnosticism (see Gnostic).
I … invented what I conceived to be the appropriate title of ‘agnostic,’ … antithetic to the ‘Gnostic’ of Church history who professed to know so much about the very things of which I was ignorant. [T.H. Huxley, “Science and Christian Tradition,” 1889]
The adjective is first recorded 1870.
the doctrine or belief of an . an intellectual doctrine or attitude affirming the uncertainty of all claims to ultimate knowledge. Contemporary Examples It’s this agnosticism, he argued, that leaves BDSers open to accusations that they want to see the country destroyed. Not Trying To Cause A Big Sensation Jacob Silverman October 7, 2012 “Maybe […]
- Agnus dei
Ecclesiastical. a figure of a lamb as emblematic of Christ. such a representation with the nimbus inscribed with the cross about its head, and supporting the banner of the cross. a prayer addressed to Christ as Savior preceding the communion in the Mass. a musical setting of this prayer. Historical Examples The Agnus Dei and […]
gone; gone by; past (usually preceded by a noun): five days ago. in past time; in the past: All this happened long ago. Contemporary Examples A little while ago, food professionals were at the bottom of the social scale; now we are “geniuses.” How Julia Loosened Me Up Jacques Pepin August 3, 2009 Modi, one […]
highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation, etc. in a state of eager desire; excitedly. variant of . Historical Examples But they cannot turn out artists; only people all agog to acquire titles, recognised positions, and privileges. The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch He was agog with joy and eagerness to tell her the good news. Hidden […]