I'm currently looking for nouns that describe someone who won't go to heaven or someone who was given an opportunity to move on but refused.

I'm currently writing a novel that involves fallen angel characters, and I thought it would be cool to give this group a compelling title.

Not all embraced the true faith. The ___________ trod a different path.

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    hello and welcome. please note the requirement at the tag for single-word requests: . To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used. Nov 22, 2019 at 6:04
  • Old-Ford-car-driver.
    – David
    Nov 22, 2019 at 12:36
  • 'The damned' is traditional. (I've always wondered about premises like this. Surely Angels have no need for faith - they see it as reality; and the damned just don't like it.) Nov 22, 2019 at 13:02
  • Do you have in mind somebody who disbelieves the teachings of the relevant religion (as simonatrlc points out, it is hard to see how that would apply to angels) or somebody who believes them, but nevertheless rejects the salvation that the religion offers, perhaps in the manner of the main character in Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire)?
    – jsw29
    Nov 22, 2019 at 16:31

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Words that come to mind:

  • heretic: someone who asserts his adherence to the true faith, but who is rejected by true believers for his deviations from it

  • apostate: someone who has forsaken his religion

  • renegade: can be the same as apostate

  • infidel: someone who rejects the true faith

I have specifically chosen several words that are often used pejoratively by those who are convinced their own religion is the only true one, as it seems there characters are to receive a pejorative name in your novel.


The damned. Discussions around Calvinism and predestination often focus on the division between the elect (the saved or chosen) who are going to heaven and the damned who are not.


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