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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.
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Adj.1.atheistic - rejecting any belief in gods
irreligious - hostile or indifferent to religion
2.atheistic - related to or characterized by or given to atheism; "atheist leanings"
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(ˈeiθiizəm) noun
the belief that there is no God.
ˈatheist noun
a person who does not believe in God.
ˌatheˈistic adjective
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References in classic literature ?
"A future life?" Prince Andrew repeated, but Pierre, giving him no time to reply, took the repetition for a denial, the more readily as he knew Prince Andrew's former atheistic convictions.
This, indeed, was a home,--home,--a word that George had never yet known a meaning for; and a belief in God, and trust in his providence, began to encircle his heart, as, with a golden cloud of protection and confidence, dark, misanthropic, pining atheistic doubts, and fierce despair, melted away before the light of a living Gospel, breathed in living faces, preached by a thousand unconscious acts of love and good will, which, like the cup of cold water given in the name of a disciple, shall never lose their reward.
It was the Plutocracy, through its secret agents, that raised the cry that socialism was sacrilegious and atheistic; it was the Plutocracy that whipped the churches, and especially the Catholic Church, into line, and robbed us of a portion of the labor vote.
"My God!" cried the atheistic cobbler, "and there's the hammer he did it with."
They cover evil and agent-causal theism by Richard Brian Davis, evil and Christian classical theism by Paul Helm, evil and atheistic moral skepticism by Michael Ruse, and evil and atheistic moral realism by Erik J.
However, unlike his atheistic successors, he places his faith in the center of the solutions to the problems of human life.
Given the lessons of history, could anyone guarantee that this would be any better than the atheistic and oppressive Soviet Union?
The focus is on the agents and networks of the state atheistic propaganda complex, as well as on its changing language, topics and messages.
The Catholic Church has a worldwide history of anti-communism and in its Catechism of the Catholic Church, a compilation of Catholic beliefs, holds that it "has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with 'communism' or 'socialism.'"
Khaled Salah, editor-in-chief of Youm7 -- Egypt Today CAIRO -- 20 January 2018: In my opinion, the threat of atheism is no lesser than that of terrorism, and the atheistic wave is no longer a passing storm.
Robinson asked him: "Is that not a problem?" Mr Purnell, 47, replied: "The vast majority of people in this country have a range of views - some people have very strong religious views, some people have strong atheistic views.