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atheistic

[ey-thee-is-tik] /ˌeɪ θiˈɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characteristic of atheists or atheism; containing, suggesting, or disseminating atheism:
atheistic literature; atheistic people.
Also, atheistical.
Origin of atheistic
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35; atheist + -ic
Related forms
atheistically, adverb
atheisticness, noun
antiatheistic, adjective
antiatheistical, adjective
antiatheistically, adverb
nonatheistic, adjective
nonatheistical, adjective
nonatheistically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for atheistic
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  • "Doctors are generally regarded as an atheistic lot," smiled the minister.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Tom closed his eyes, and shuddered at the dark, atheistic words.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The "Encyclopædia" was as revolutionary in politics as it was atheistic in religion.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • To think that such a life as his should have been cut short by that atheistic villain!

    The Day of Judgment

    Joseph Hocking
  • But what do your systems of atheistic society show us in perspective?

    Atheism Among the People Alphonse de Lamartine
  • They resolve themselves into two groups, a theistic and an atheistic.

Word Origin and History for atheistic
adj.

1630s, from atheist + -ic. Atheistical attested from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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