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[ ey-thee-is-tik ]


  1. pertaining to or characteristic of atheists or atheism; containing, suggesting, or disseminating atheism:

    atheistic literature; atheistic people.

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Other Words From

  • athe·isti·cal·ly adverb
  • athe·istic·ness noun
  • anti·athe·istic adjective
  • anti·athe·isti·cal adjective
  • anti·athe·isti·cal·ly adverb
  • nona·the·istic adjective
  • nona·the·isti·cal adjective
  • nona·the·isti·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of atheistic1

First recorded in 1625–35; atheist + -ic
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Example Sentences

Second, Nazism and Fascism were not atheistic in the first place.

When it comes to the history of violence, the significant distinction is not one between theistic and atheistic regimes.

They had Ph.D. degrees from some German school, all based on some atheistic, humanistic philosophy.

Congress established prayer day in 1952, at a time when Americans lived in fear of “atheistic Communism” and nuclear Armageddon.

The Atheistic logic runs off from him like water; the great Fact stares him in the face.

Coming to more modern times, I decline to accept his present of priests and popes who were "atheistic."

Our puritan fathers did not come to this wilderness with French, atheistic, idolatrous love for a goddess of liberty.

Brought up in an atmosphere of pietism, the natural reaction led him into a kind of romantic atheistic unbelief.

Both these Hindoo religions were originally pessimistic, and at the same time atheistic and idealistic.


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About This Word

What does atheistic mean?

Atheistic is an adjective that’s used to describe things that involve atheism—the belief that there is no supreme being or deity.

In other words, atheism is the denial of the existence of God or of any gods. A person who holds such a belief can be called an atheist. The word atheist can also be used as an adjective to describe such beliefs or things involving such beliefs. Atheistic is used in this same way.

For example, the writings of an atheist could be described as atheistic. The themes of a certain book or film that is thought to promote or deal with atheism could also be described as atheistic. The word is often used in a negative way by those who disagree with atheism.

The word atheistic means something different from the word agnostic, which refers to or describes a person who believes it is impossible to know whether or not a supreme being exists. When asked if God or gods exist, an atheist would answer “No,” while an agnostic would answer “It is impossible to know.”

A less common variant of atheistic is atheistical.

Example: The film was criticized by church leaders due to what they interpreted as an atheistic message.

Where does atheistic come from?

The first records of the word atheistic come from the 1620s. It ultimately comes from the Greek áthe(os), meaning “godless.” In atheist, the beginning part a- means “without” and the main root is based on a word meaning “god” (the words theology and theist are based on the same root). The noun suffix -ist indicates a person who holds certain beliefs. The suffix -ic means “characteristic of” and is used to form adjectives.

Historically, being known as an atheist has been dangerous—many atheists have even been tortured or killed, such as in societies that require adherence to a specific religion. Even today, many atheists face discrimination. This means that writings or other works deemed atheistic are often the subject of bans or censorship.

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The word atheistic is typically used in the context of writings or other works that involve atheism. It is often used in a negative way with people who disagree with such beliefs.

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