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godless

[god-lis]
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adjective
  1. having or acknowledging no god or deity; atheistic.
  2. wicked; evil; sinful.
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Origin of godless

First recorded in 1520–30; god + -less
Related formsgod·less·ly, adverbgod·less·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for godless

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  • A godless civilization is a disease of which nations die by inches.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • You say I am a poet, yet how may a man be a poet if godless?

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • "It is what comes of living in a godless country like Italy," said Lady Amelia.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • A godless science must not be permitted to triumph any longer over the silence of God.

    Balthasar

    Anatole France

  • And the godless fellow had snatched her away from the water of Christianity.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai


British Dictionary definitions for godless

godless

adjective
  1. wicked or unprincipled
  2. lacking a god
  3. refusing to acknowledge God
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Derived Formsgodlessly, adverbgodlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for godless

adj.

1520s, from god + -less. Related: Godlessness. Phrase godless communism attested by 1851.

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