believer

A believer is a follower of a particular religion or spiritual practice. Whether you are a Hindu, a Pagan, or a Catholic, you can call yourself a believer.

Most believers have specific religious beliefs, but you can be a secular believer as well — for example, you might be a firm believer in socialist economic policies or a believer in the benefits of homeschooling. Basically, anyone who holds a strong belief in the truth of something is a believer. The verb believe is at the heart of believer, and it stems from the Old English belyfan, "to believe."

DEFINITIONS OF: believer

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n a supporter who accepts something as true

Synonyms:
truster
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abiogenist
a believer in abiogenesis
apostle
an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform
colonialist
a believer in colonialism
Confucian, Confucianist
a believer in the teachings of Confucius
evolutionist
a person who believes in organic evolution
imperialist
a believer in imperialism
Malthusian
a believer in Malthusian theory
vitalist
one who believes in vitalism
Type of:
admirer, booster, champion, friend, protagonist, supporter
a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

n a person who has religious faith

Synonyms:
worshiper, worshipper
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Gautama Siddhartha
founder of Buddhism; worshipped as a god (c 563-483 BC)
Chuang-tzu
4th-century Chinese philosopher on whose teachings Lao-tse based Taoism
Jakob Behmen
German mystic and theosophist who founded modern theosophy; influenced George Fox (1575-1624)
Johannes Eckhart
German Roman Catholic theologian and mystic (1260-1327)
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theist
one who believes in the existence of a god or gods
devil worshiper
someone who worships devils
monotheist
a believer in one god
mystic, religious mystic
someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension
numerologist
a believer in numerology
pantheist
someone who believes that God and the universe are the same
pilgrim
someone who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
sun worshiper
someone who worships the sun
theosophist
a believer in theosophy
hadji, haji, hajji
an Arabic term of respect for someone who has made the pilgrimage to Mecca
polytheist
one who believes in a plurality of gods
quietist
a religious mystic who follows quietism
Satanist, diabolist
an adherent of Satan or Satanism
Type of:
religious person
a person who manifests devotion to a deity
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