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/ ˌeɪ θiˈɪs tɪk /
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pertaining to or characteristic of atheists or atheism; containing, suggesting, or disseminating atheism: atheistic literature; atheistic people.
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Origin of atheistic

First recorded in 1625–35; atheist + -ic


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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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How is atheistic used in real life?

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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