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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.atheistical - related to or characterized by or given to atheism; "atheist leanings"
2.atheistical - rejecting any belief in gods
irreligious - hostile or indifferent to religion


[ˌeɪθɪˈɪstɪkl] atheistic [ˌeɪθɪˈɪstɪk] adj (person, philosophy) → ateo/a; (views, principles) → ateistico/a
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But that Woodman and that Farmer, though they work unceasingly, work silently, and no one heard them as they went about with muffled tread: the rather, forasmuch as to entertain any suspicion that they were awake, was to be atheistical and traitorous.
In pronouncing these he was one day so eager, that he unfortunately bit his tongue; and in such a manner, that it not only put an end to his discourse, but created much emotion in him, and caused him to mutter an oath or two: but what was worst of all, this accident gave Thwackum, who was present, and who held all such doctrine to be heathenish and atheistical, an opportunity to clap a judgment on his back.
And when he glanced upon the green walls of the watery defile in which the ship was then sailing, and bethought him that through that gate lay the route to his vengeance, and beheld, how that through that same gate he was now both chasing and being chased to his deadly end; and not only that, but a herd of remorseless wild pirates and inhuman atheistical devils were infernally cheering him on with their curses; --when all these conceits had passed through his brain, Ahab's brow was left gaunt and ribbed, like the black sand beach after some stormy tide has been gnawing it, without being able to drag the firm thing from its place.
For all her cleverness and culture, she was probably one of those soulless, atheistical women who have been so shown up by Miss Corelli.
As Paul Downes writes in Hobbes, Sovereignty and Early American Literature (2015), "Hobbes, if he was mentioned at all in polite company in the 1770s and 1780s, was immediately repudiated as the philosopher of everything the American Revolution sought to eradicate including monarchism, absolutism, and an epicurean or atheistical refusal to believe in mankind's natural propensity for goodness.
Resolve that neither the state nor nation, nor both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford to every child growing up in the land the opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistical dogmas.
His views on religion, slavery, agrarianism, citizenship, and other moral and intellectual qualities in Notes and elsewhere were distorted and condemned as utopian, atheistical, wavering, weak, and wrong headed (273).
But the unintended effect of this intervention had been to assist the rise of a new enemy, since the American-supported militant Islamic resistance to the regime subsequently turned its hostility towards the west: once their fight in Afghanistan had been won, the antagonism of the militants made no distinctions between communist and capitalist projects of atheistical modernisation.
38), the leading historian of the rise of atheism in 17th- and 18thcentury France, who has called attention to the powerful taboo that under the ancien regime inhibited even freethinking Parisian philosophes from openly defending atheistical theories in polite society--thus rendering atheism, as it were, "unspeakable.
Pollitt was a signatory to Humanist Manifesto III in 2003 and was named this year's Humanist Heroine by the Feminist Caucus of the American Humanist Association for, as she put it, "four decades laboring in the atheistical vineyards.