athe·​ism | \ ˈā-thē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce atheism (audio) \

Definition of atheism

1a : a lack of belief or a strong disbelief in the existence of a god or any gods
b : a philosophical or religious position characterized by disbelief in the existence of a god or any gods
2 archaic : godlessness especially in conduct : ungodliness, wickedness

Examples of atheism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And yet the God of Abraham actually dovetails with atheism in ways that elude Mr. Kronman’s God. Andrew Stark, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 Marx’s introduction of a sweeping anti-Christian understanding of human beings made possible the salient aspect of his atheism, which was to make God disappear altogether. Richard M. Reinsch Ii, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Those low-rent Steve Bannon and Dinesh D’Souza documentaries, or Christian blockbusters about the scourge of atheism (like the God’s Not Dead series, now in its fourth instalment), constitute their own strain of camp. John Semley, The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2022 Another issue is that antagonistic atheism can be counterproductive. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 27 Aug. 2021 People are tired of atheism and the atheistic view of life. al, 13 Dec. 2021 Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism? Pankaj Mishra, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism? Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism? Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of atheism

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for atheism

Middle French athéisme, from athée atheist, from Greek atheos godless, from a- + theos god

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“Atheism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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