from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or characteristic of atheism or atheists.
  • adj. Inclined to atheism.

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  • adj. of or relating to atheists or atheism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, implying, or containing, atheism; -- applied to things.
  • adj. Disbelieving the existence of a God; impious; godless; -- applied to persons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of atheists; involving, containing, or tending to atheism: as, atheistic doctrines or beliefs; an atheistic tendency.
  • Denying the existence of God; godless; impious: applied to persons: as, “atheistic gainsayers,” Ray, Works of Creation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. related to or characterized by or given to atheism
  • adj. rejecting any belief in gods


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