freethinker

Part of speech: noun

One who claims the right to think for himself, unblased by any authority, as of the Christian Scriptures.

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Usage examples "freethinker":

  1. 1852. A pronounced Republican and Freethinker. - "A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations", Joseph Mazzini Wheeler.
  2. It proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that all these stories concerning Lincoln's alleged conversation at Washington are false, that he did not change his belief, that he died as he had always lived- a Freethinker. - "Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian?", John B. Remsburg.
  3. Morality is the " idea" of morals, their intellectual power, their power over the conscience; on the other hand, morals are too material to rule the mind, and do not fetter an " intellectual" man, a so- called independent, a " freethinker." - "The Ego and His Own", Max Stirner.