What does atheist mean?

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ˈeɪ θi ɪstathe·ist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. atheistadjective

    someone who denies the existence of god

  2. atheist, atheistic, atheisticaladjective

    related to or characterized by or given to atheism

    "atheist leanings"


  1. atheistnoun

    A person who believes that no deities exist .

  2. atheistnoun

    A person who rejects belief that any deities exist (whether or not they believe that no deities exist).

  3. atheistnoun

    A person who has no belief in any deities, including those with no concept of deities.

  4. atheistnoun

    A person who does not believe in a particular deity (or any deity in a particular pantheon), notwithstanding that they may believe in another deity.

  5. atheistadjective

    Of or relating to atheists or atheism; atheistic.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Atheistadjective

    Atheistical; denying God.

    Nor stood unmindful Abdiel to annoy
    The atheist crew. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

  2. ATHEISTnoun

    One that denies the existence of God.

    Etymology: ἄϑεος, without God.

    To these, that sober race of men, whose lives
    Religious, titled them the sons of God,
    Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame,
    Ignobly! to the trains, and to the smiles
    Of these fair atheists. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Though he were really a speculative atheist, yet if he would but proceed rationally, he could not however be a practical atheist, nor live without God in this world. South.

    Atheist, use thine eyes,
    And having view’d the order of the skies,
    Think, if thou canst, that matter blindly hurl’d,
    Without a guide, should frame this wond’rous world. Thomas Creech.

    No atheist, as such, can be a true friend, an affectionate relation, or a loyal subject. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. atheist

    Atheism, in the broadest sense, is an absence of belief in the existence of deities. Less broadly, atheism is a rejection of the belief that any deities exist. In an even narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which in its most general form is the belief that at least one deity exists.The first individuals to identify themselves as atheists lived in the 18th century during the Age of Enlightenment. The French Revolution, noted for its "unprecedented atheism", witnessed the first significant political movement in history to advocate for the supremacy of human reason. In 1967, Albania declared itself the first official atheist country according to its policy of state Marxism.Arguments for atheism range from philosophical to social and historical approaches. Rationales for not believing in deities include the lack of evidence, the problem of evil, the argument from inconsistent revelations, the rejection of concepts that cannot be falsified, and the argument from nonbelief. Nonbelievers contend that atheism is a more parsimonious position than theism and that everyone is born without beliefs in deities; therefore, they argue that the burden of proof lies not on the atheist to disprove the existence of gods but on the theist to provide a rationale for theism. Although some atheists have adopted secular philosophies (e.g. secular humanism), there is no ideology or code of conduct to which all atheists adhere.Since conceptions of atheism vary, accurate estimations of current numbers of atheists are difficult. Scholars have indicated that global atheism may be in decline due to irreligious countries having the lowest birth rates in the world and religious countries having higher birth rates in general.


  1. atheist

    An atheist is a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods. This disbelief encompasses a wide range of views including those who actively reject theistic belief, to those who are simply without belief due to lack of religious influence or exposure. Atheism is typically contrasted with theism, which is the belief in at least one god.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atheistnoun

    one who disbelieves or denies the existence of a God, or supreme intelligent Being

  2. Atheistnoun

    a godless person


  1. Atheist

    Atheist is a death metal band from Florida, founded in 1984 by drummer Steve Flynn and singer/guitarist Kelly Shaefer. Atheist are noted for their highly technical playing style, often reminiscent of jazz. Their seminal album Unquestionable Presence is widely regarded as a landmark of the genre.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. atheist

    Any man who does not believe in himself.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of atheist in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of atheist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of atheist in a Sentence

  1. Eric Hoffer:

    The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.

  2. Robert Burns:

    The great Creator to revereMust sure become the creatureBut still the preaching cant forbear,And ev'n the rigid featureYet ne'er with wits profane to rangeBe complaisance extendedAn atheist laugh's a poor exchangeFor deity offended.

  3. Ted Baehr:

    ...was funded by a Muslim, produced by a Jew, written by an Atheist and starred a gay man. And yet it inspired millions to come to faith.

  4. Charlie Hebdo editor Gerard Briard:

    We are a secular, democratic and atheist newspaper, the term blasphemy has no meaning for us.

  5. Lex Bayer:

    Atheist Heart, Humanist Mind. a lot of atheists' books are about whether to believe in God or not.

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