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[free-thing-ker] /ˈfriˈθɪŋ kər/
a person who forms opinions on the basis of reason, independent of authority or tradition, especially a person whose religious opinions differ from established belief.
Origin of freethinker
1685-95; free + thinker
Related forms
freethinking, adjective, noun
skeptic, agnostic; atheist. Unabridged
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  • In the old country he never appeared in a short coat; that would be enough to stamp him as a "freethinker."

    The Spirit of the Ghetto Hutchins Hapgood
  • I was already a republican and a freethinker in the days of the Empire.

  • He was a freethinker, and saw life with a wide vision that embraced the whole horizon.

    The Loom of Youth Alec Waugh
  • The contadino had become a freethinker since the accession of the house of Savoy.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is the Christian defender who makes himself and his fellow believers worse than the freethinker believes them to be.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
  • In religion he was a freethinker; in morals pure and unspotted.

  • Father Vianney looked him squarely in the eyes, and under that piercing glance the freethinker sank upon his knees.

  • But even a freethinker may have his dark hours of depression, the cause of which he knows not.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • As a freethinker he was one of the most tender and humane of men, ever solicitous for the welfare of his fellow-beings.

  • Had he fallen in love then, there never would have been a freethinker in this world.

    Mistakes of Moses Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for freethinker


a person who forms his or her ideas and opinions independently of authority or accepted views, esp in matters of religion
Derived Forms
freethinking, noun, adjective
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