Definitions

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

  • adj. Recognizing or worshiping no god.
  • adj. Wicked, impious, or immoral.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not acknowledging any deity or god; without belief in any deity or god.
  • adj. An atheist.
  • adj. evil, wicked, worldly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having, or acknowledging, no God; without reverence for God; impious; wicked.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or acknowledging no God; impious; atheistical; ungodly; irreligious; wicked.
  • [capitalized] Lacking the presence of God; removed from divine care or cognizance; Godforsaken.
  • Synonyms Ungodly, Unrighteous, etc. See irreligious.

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

  • adj. not revering god

Etymologies

god +‎ -less. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His great ruling principle, however, originated in what he termed a godless system of religious liberality; in other words, he attributed all the calamities and scourges of the land to the influence of Popery. and its toleration by the powers that be.

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • Nice one Newt – secular (he went to church on Easter Sunday), socialist (he jettisoned the public option), why don't you thrown in 'godless communist' while you're at it.

    Gingrich to call on Republicans to offer new vision

  • You know, the mother of WWE is running for Senate back here in godless Connecticut.

    If the Shroud of Turin is fake… « Dating Jesus

  • It's hard to get reliable info on the US presidential and VP candidates over here in godless Euroland, but I have it on good authority that Palin had an extramarital affair, with a moose or possibly with McCain, who by the way left his disabled wife for a rich heiress and snitched on his fellow POWs.

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  • June 28th, 2006 at 11:45 pm my 11:37 pm #205 – That should read: “and then someone calls her godless, also as an insult?”

    Firedoglake » It’s Bill Clinton’s Fault

  • To characterize such a population as godless is insulting, to say the least.

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  • Says Schneider, sitting over coffee at Stella Caffé downtown, "It's surprisingly easy to find people with these stories in a place we often call a godless city."

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  • Even long before the Roman State tried to check with violence the rapid encroachments of Christianity, Plate had declared it one of the supreme duties of the governmental authority in his ideal state to show no toleration towards the "godless" -- that is, towards those who denied the state religion -- even though they were content to live quietly and without proselytizing; their very example, he said would be dangerous.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Leave alone that high schools would just laugh at the premise entirely (as would virtually everyone I know or interact with, maybe that’s the price of living in godless country), what justification is there for such a retrograde sexual repression?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Do ‘Family Values’ Weaken Families?”

  • Why is it okay to call the godless and billion-dollar business of climate change a “moral imperative,” but promoting the Christian cause through business is a moral corruption?

    LOSING OUR RELIGION

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