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atheist

[ey-thee-ist] /ˈeɪ θi ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
Origin of atheist
1565-1575
1565-75; < Greek áthe(os) godless + -ist
Related forms
antiatheist, noun, adjective
proatheist, noun, adjective
Synonym Study
See agnostic
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atheist

/ˈeɪθɪˌɪst/
noun
1.
a person who does not believe in God or gods
adjective
2.
of or relating to atheists or atheism
Derived Forms
atheistic, atheistical, adjective
atheistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for atheist
n.

1570s, from French athéiste (16c.), from Greek atheos "without god, denying the gods; abandoned of the gods; godless, ungodly," from a- "without" + theos "a god" (see Thea).

The existence of a world without God seems to me less absurd than the presence of a God, existing in all his perfection, creating an imperfect man in order to make him run the risk of Hell. [Armand Salacrou, "Certitudes et incertitudes," 1943]

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