atheism

noun
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

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In truth, the show revels in skewering both sides, taking more shots at Robin’s atheism than Nate’s faith, for example. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "‘The Detour,’ one of TV’s most outlandish shows, is also one of its best arguments for family," 18 June 2019 In 1992, the government dropped its constitutional references to atheism, and a gradual thaw in church-state relations began, culminating with the papal visit on Jan. 21-25, 1998, and government acceptance of some outdoor religious events. Peter Orsi, BostonGlobe.com, "Cardinal Ortega, former archbishop of Havana, at 82," 27 July 2019 In his tweets, Betts promoted atheism and gun ownership. NBC News, "Dayton gunman reportedly had hit lists, fascination with shootings: 'Everyone knew who he was'," 6 Aug. 2019 In 1992, the government dropped its constitutional references to atheism, and a gradual thaw in church-state relations began, culminating with the papal visit on Jan. 21-25, 1998, and government acceptance of some outdoor religious events. Peter Orsi, BostonGlobe.com, "Cardinal Ortega, former archbishop of Havana, at 82," 27 July 2019 In 1992, the government dropped its constitutional references to atheism, and a gradual thaw in church-state relations began, culminating with the papal visit on Jan. 21-25, 1998, and government acceptance of some outdoor religious events. Andrea Rodriguez And Peter Orsi, Washington Post, "Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, Catholic cardinal in Cuba, dies at 82," 26 July 2019 Topics can include atheism, consumerism and war, but also superheroes; Oswalt has scripted several comic books. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Patton Oswalt to bring his hangdog self to Bushnell," 11 July 2019 Most forms of organized atheism are attempts to fashion God surrogates. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why science can’t replace religion," 4 Nov. 2018 In later life Franklin also cloaked his militant teenage atheism in the vague mantle of Deism, which was more publicly palatable. Sam Kean, WSJ, "‘Young Benjamin Franklin’ Review: Poor Richard Sows His Oats," 17 Sep. 2018

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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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