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a·the·ism

 (ā′thē-ĭz′əm)
n.
Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.

[French athéisme, from athée, atheist, from Greek atheos, godless : a-, without; see a-1 + theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]

a′the·ist n.
a′the·is′tic, a′the·is′ti·cal adj.
a′the·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

atheist

(ˈeɪθɪˌɪst)
n
(Philosophy) a person who does not believe in God or gods
adj
(Philosophy) of or relating to atheists or atheism
ˌatheˈistic, ˌatheˈistical adj
ˌatheˈistically adv

a•the•ist

(ˈeɪ θi ɪst)

n.
a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being.
[1565–75; < Greek áthe(os) godless (a- a-6 + -theos, adj. derivative of theós god) + -ist]
a`the•is′tic, a′the•is′ti•cal, adj.
a`the•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.
syn: atheist, agnostic, infidel refer to persons lacking religious belief or a particular religious faith. An atheist denies the existence of a deity or of divine beings. An agnostic believes it is impossible to know whether there is a God without sufficient evidence. An infidel is an unbeliever, esp. one who does not accept Christianity or Islam; the word is usu. pejorative.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.atheist - someone who denies the existence of god
disbeliever, nonbeliever, unbeliever - someone who refuses to believe (as in a divinity)
Adj.1.atheist - related to or characterized by or given to atheism; "atheist leanings"

atheist

noun nonbeliever, pagan, sceptic, disbeliever, heathen, infidel, unbeliever, freethinker, irreligionist She is an ex-nun who is now an atheist.
Quotations
"An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support" [John Buchan On Being a Real Person]
"By night an atheist half believes a God" [Edward Young The Complaint: Night Thoughts]
"No one has ever died an atheist" [Plato Laws]
"There are no atheists in the foxholes" [William Thomas Cummings I Saw the Fall of the Phillipines]
Translations
كافرملحدمُلْحِدمُلحِـد
ateista
ateist
ateisti
ateist
guîleysingi
無神論者
무신론자
ateista
ateist
ผู้เชื่อว่าพระเจ้าไม่มีจริง
Tanrı tanımazTanrının varlığına inanmayanateist
người vô thần

atheist

[ˈeɪθɪɪst] Nateo/a m/f

atheist

[ˈeɪθiɪst] nathée mf

atheist

nAtheist(in) m(f)
adj attratheistisch

atheist

[ˈeɪθɪɪst] nateo/a

atheism

(ˈeiθiizəm) noun
the belief that there is no God.
ˈatheist noun
a person who does not believe in God.
ˌatheˈistic adjective

atheist

مُلْحِد ateista ateist Atheist άθεος ateo ateisti athée ateist ateo 無神論者 무신론자 atheïst ateist ateista ateu атеист ateist ผู้เชื่อว่าพระเจ้าไม่มีจริง tanrı tanımaz người vô thần 无神论者
References in classic literature ?
Were I an atheist -- a man devoid of conscience -- a wretch with coarse and brutal instincts -- I might have found peace long ere now.
I think an atheist, with all her experience of human monsters, was for her the depth of human depravity.
BELIAL came last, then whom a Spirit more lewd Fell not from Heaven, or more gross to love Vice for it self: To him no Temple stood Or Altar smoak'd; yet who more oft then hee In Temples and at Altars, when the Priest Turns Atheist, as did ELY'S Sons, who fill'd With lust and violence the house of God.
To this Socrates fairly answers, in accordance with the ideas of the time, that a downright atheist cannot believe in the sons of gods or in divine things.
he said returning, "you logic-chopping, chalky-faced saint of an atheist, drink
Hunsden, you are a more unpractical man than I am an unpractical woman, for you don't acknowledge what really exists; you want to annihilate individual patriotism and national greatness as an atheist would annihilate God and his own soul, by denying their existence.
Mazarin, in his character of cardinal and prime minister, was almost an atheist, and quite a materialist.
He would have been seven times more Epicure, and atheist, than he was.
And sometimes, as though the influence of innumerable ancestors, Godfearing and devout, were working in him unconsciously, there seized him a panic fear that perhaps after all it was all true, and there was, up there behind the blue sky, a jealous God who would punish in everlasting flames the atheist.
Aramis looked steadily at this singular youth, who possessed the resignation of a martyr with the smile of an atheist.
When he repudiated Christianity and declared himself an atheist, what he actually had in mind was the perverted parody of religion mainly offered by the Church of his time; and, as some one has observed, when he pronounced for love without marriage it was because of the tragedies that he had seen in marriages without love.
Brayne was an atheist or a Mormon or a Christian Scientist; but he was ready to pour money into any intellectual vessel, so long as it was an untried vessel.