Pronounced: uh-BRADE, verb

Notes: This word sounds like one I should know

Yesterday’s word

The word nullifidian means, as a noun, “an atheist; a person who has no religious faith or belief in God (or any gods)” As an adjective, it means “having no faith or belief”

First usage

Our word goes way back to the mid-1500s

Background / Comments

I said that you may be able to work out the meaning; if you saw “null” (or possibly “nullify”) and the root “fidi” (faith). In fact, that is the origin of our word: it’s from the Latin words nullus (no) and fides (faith). A nullifidian seems to me to be a rather sad thing. I’m reminded of a quote from the first season of the TV series Babylon 5: …I am both terrified and reassured to know that there are still wonders in the Universe — that we have not yet explained everything.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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