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ˈeɪ θiˌɪz əmathe·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atheism, godlessnessnoun

    the doctrine or belief that there is no God

  2. atheismnoun

    a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods


  1. atheismnoun

    Belief that no deities exist (sometimes, excluding other religious beliefs).

  2. atheismnoun

    Rejection of belief that any deities exist (with or without a belief that no deities exist).

  3. atheismnoun

    Absence of belief that any deities exist (including absence of the concept of deities).

  4. atheismnoun

    Absence of belief in a particular deity, pantheon, or religious doctrine (notwithstanding belief in other deities).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Atheismnoun

    The disbelief of a God.

    Etymology: from atheist.

    God never wrought miracles to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    It is the common interest of mankind, to punish all those who would seduce men to atheism. John Tillotson.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atheismnoun

    the disbelief or denial of the existence of a God, or supreme intelligent Being

  2. Atheismnoun


  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. athisme. See Atheist.]


  1. Atheism

    Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists. The term atheism originated from the Greek ἄθεος, meaning "without god", used as a pejorative term applied to those thought to reject the gods worshipped by the larger society. With the spread of freethought, skeptical inquiry, and subsequent increase in criticism of religion, application of the term narrowed in scope. The first individuals to identify themselves using the word "atheist" lived in the 18th century. Arguments for atheism range from the philosophical to social and historical approaches. Rationales for not believing in any supernatural deity include the lack of empirical evidence, the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, and the argument from nonbelief. Although some atheists have adopted secular philosophies, there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere. Many atheists hold that atheism is a more parsimonious worldview than theism, and therefore the burden of proof lies not on the atheist to disprove the existence of God, but on the theist to provide a rationale for theism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Atheism

    ā′the-izm, n. disbelief in the existence of God.—v.i. and v.t. A′theise, to talk or write as an atheist.—n. A′theist, one who disbelieves in the existence of God.—adjs. Atheist′ic, -al.—adv. Atheist′ically.—adj. A′theous (Milton), atheistic. [Fr. athéisme—Gr. a, neg., and theos, God.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Atheism

    disbelief in the existence of God, which may be either theoretical, in the intellect, or practical, in the life, the latter the more common and the more fatal form of it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of atheism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of atheism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of atheism in a Sentence

  1. Immanuel Kant, CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON:

    Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.

  4. Gayle Jordan:

    What I ’m struggling with right now is making private those blog posts where I specifically deal with my secularism. My atheism … These blog posts often use the word Atheist, and some are harsh in their judgment of religion and religious ideas.

  5. Plato:

    There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.

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