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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 ?
Baudoyer, Isidore The Middle Classes Cousin Pons Bianchon, Horace Father Goriot The Atheist's Mass Cesar Birotteau The Commission in Lunacy Lost Illusions A Distinguished Provincial at Paris A Bachelor's Establishment The Secrets of a Princess Pierrette A Study of Woman Scenes from a Courtesan's Life Honorine The Seamy Side of History The Magic Skin A Second Home A Prince of Bohemia Letters of Two Brides The Muse of the Department The Imaginary Mistress The Middle Classes Cousin Betty The Country Parson In addition, M.
"But surely you believe in God, dear," she had answered, "you're not an atheist!"
He would have been seven times more Epicure, and atheist, than he was.
I had often heard of him as a very learned man, but an atheist; and I was very glad of the opportunity of conversing with so eminent and clever a person.
The cobbler was, as in many villages, an atheist, and his appearance in church was a shade more extraordinary than Mad Joe's.
And Miss Monflathers, the audacious creature who presumed, even in the dimmest and remotest distance of her imagination, to conjure up the degrading picture, 'I am a'most inclined,' said Mrs Jarley, bursting with the fulness of her anger and the weakness of her means of revenge, 'to turn atheist when I think of it!'
Again, when Socrates argues that he must believe in the gods because he believes in the sons of gods, we must remember that this is a refutation not of the original indictment, which is consistent enough--'Socrates does not receive the gods whom the city receives, and has other new divinities' --but of the interpretation put upon the words by Meletus, who has affirmed that he is a downright atheist. 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.
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. At these times his reason could offer him no help, he imagined the anguish of a physical torment which would last endlessly, he felt quite sick with fear and burst into a violent sweat.
Were I an atheist -- a man devoid of conscience -- a wretch with coarse and brutal instincts -- I might have found peace long ere now.
"Drink!" he said returning, "you logic-chopping, chalky-faced saint of an atheist, drink!"
Mazarin, in his character of cardinal and prime minister, was almost an atheist, and quite a materialist.
Crawley say; "she lives with atheists and Frenchmen.