- the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
- disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.
Origin of atheism
Related Words for atheismnihilism, infidelity, disbelief, unbelief, impiety, doubt, heresy, skepticism, irreverence, paganism, freethinking, iconoclasm, irreligion
Examples from the Web for atheism
Contemporary Examples of atheism
He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church
December 28, 2014
Atheism is highest in Europe, where there are established churches involved in the political process.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
She is not public about her atheism, just as many of us are not public about our faith.
They all encourage her to spin her atheism into some form of belief.
In many ways, she seems a lock for the win, but her atheism puts her entire character in question.
Historical Examples of atheism
Do you object to atheism, and yet regard obedience to God as an invention of the priests?Weighed and Wanting
His father's name was Never be Good, and he had more children than this Atheism.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
For at bottom, atheism is either a fad or a trade or a fatuity.
From the peddling-box, therefore, I turned even as I did from atheism.
Or, do you mean that I am an atheist simply, and a teacher of atheism?Apology
- rejection of belief in God or gods
Word Origin for atheism
Word Origin and History for atheism
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."
Denial that there is a God. (Compare agnosticism.)