Etymology
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deist (n.)

"one who holds to some general doctrines of Christian religion and believes in the existence of a personal God but denies revelation and dogma and church authority," 1620s, from French déiste (1560s), from Latin deus (see Zeus). Related: Deistic (1795); deistically. Also see deism.

updated on July 13, 2018

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Definitions of deist from WordNet
1
deist (n.)
a person who believes that God created the universe and then abandoned it;
2
deist (adj.)
of or relating to deism;
Synonyms: deistic
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