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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.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
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[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.
Certainly I agree with you that my views are not at all necessarily atheistical. The lightning kills a man, whether a good one or bad one, owing to the excessively complex action of natural laws,--a child (who may turn out an idiot) is born by action of even more complex laws,--and I can see no reason, why a man, or other animal, may not have been aboriginally produced by other laws; & that all these laws may have been expressly designed by an omniscient Creator, who foresaw every future event & consequence.
makes free use in his most atheistical work, of the words soul and spirit ...
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." In sum, the founders' detestation of Hobbes and their concomitant embrace of Locke together with Aristotle, Cicero, and Sidney means that, unlike Deneen and Hanby, they emphatically did not consider Locke a Hobbesian.
"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).
(1866): "Those of us who always abhorred slavery as an atheistical
By virtue of their wit, the former--"ingenious libertines" of the ilk of Dryden, Congreve and, particularly, Rochester (Lund 2012, 62)--are tarred as "sensualist" and "atheistical" and criticized for their "want of Industry, good Sense, and regular Oeconomy" (Blackmore [1716] 1946): all sound protestant and middle-class values.
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.