De"ist (?), n. [L. deus god: cf. F. d'eiste. See Deity.]
One who believes in the existence of a God, but denies revealed religion; a freethinker.
⇒ A deist, as denying a revelation, is opposed to a Christian; as, opposed to the denier of a God, whether atheist or patheist, a deist is generally denominated theist.
Syn. -- See Infidel.
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