American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.
- n. The doctrine that there is no God or gods.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that there is no God; denial of the existence of God.
- n. The denial of theism, that is, of the doctrine that the great first cause is a supreme, intelligent, righteous person.
- n. A practical indifference to and disregard of God; godlessness. [In the first sense above given, atheism is to be discriminated from
pantheism, which denies the personality of God, and from agnosticism, which denies the possibility of positive knowledge concerning him. In the second sense, atheism includes both pantheism and agnosticism.]
- n. Belief that no deities exist (sometimes including rejection of other religious beliefs).
- n. broadly Rejection of belief that any deities exist (with or without a belief that no deities exist).
- n. Absence of belief that any deities exist (including absence of the concept of deities).
- n. loosely, uncommon Absence of belief in a particular deity, pantheon, or religious doctrine (notwithstanding belief in other deities).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The disbelief or denial of the existence of a God, or supreme intelligent Being.
- n. Godlessness.
- n. the doctrine or belief that there is no God
- n. a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
- 16th century French athéisme, from athée ("atheist"), a loan from Ancient Greek ἄθεος (átheos, "godless"), from ἀ- (a-, "without") + θεός (theos, "deity, god"). First English attestation dates to 1587 (OED). (Wiktionary)
- French athéisme, from athée, atheist, from Greek atheos, godless : a-, without; see a-1 + theos, god; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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