One who is not among the faithful of Christ. Popularly, the term is applied to all who reject Christianity as a divine revelation. In order to reject it, they must have heard of it; those, therefore, who have never heard of Christianity are not called infidels, but heathens. Heretics should not be called infidels, for they do accept the religion of Christ as divinely revealed, however erroneous or fantastic their notions as to the nature of the revelation may be.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “infidel”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 25 February 2021. <>