having or acknowledging no god or deity; atheistic.
wicked; evil; sinful.

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

Contemporary Examples of godless

Historical Examples of godless

  • 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?


    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.


    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



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

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

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