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: a lack of belief or a strong disbelief in the existence of a god or any gods
: a philosophical or religious position characterized by disbelief in the existence of a god or any gods
: godlessness especially in conduct : ungodliness, wickedness
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1546, in the meaning defined at sense 2
Middle French athéisme, from athée atheist, from Greek atheos godless, from a- + theos god
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