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
  1. noun
    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.
  2. noun
    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
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    religious person
    a person who manifests devotion to a deity
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