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atheism

[ ey-thee-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈeɪ θiˌɪz əm /
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noun

the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.

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nihilism, infidelity, disbelief, unbelief, impiety, doubt, heresy, skepticism, irreverence, paganism, freethinking, iconoclasm, irreligion

Nearby words

athanor, athapascan, athapaskan, athar, atharva-veda, atheism, atheist, atheistic, athel, athel tree, athelia

Origin of atheism

1580–90; < Greek áthe(os) godless + -ism
Related formsan·ti·a·the·ism, adjective, nounpro·a·the·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for atheism

atheism

/ (ˈeɪθɪˌɪzəm) /

noun

rejection of belief in God or gods

Word Origin for atheism

C16: from French athéisme, from Greek atheos godless, from a- 1 + theos god
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for atheism

atheism


n.

1580s, from French athéisme (16c.), from Greek atheos "without god" (see atheist). A slightly earlier form is represented by atheonism (1530s) which is perhaps from Italian atheo "atheist." Ancient Greek atheotes meant "ungodliness."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for atheism

atheism

[ (ay-thee-iz-uhm) ]

Denial that there is a God. (Compare agnosticism.)

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