god·​less | \ ˈgäd-ləs also ˈgȯd- How to pronounce godless (audio) \

Definition of godless

: not acknowledging a deity or divine law

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godlessness noun

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irreligious, nonreligious, religionless



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Examples of godless in a Sentence

treated the God-fearing and the godless with equal respect and compassion

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Many Americans don’t fully appreciate just how godless European culture has become. David French, National Review, "Amy Wax’s Critics Unfairly Smeared Her. But She’s Wrong.," 22 July 2019 The Pixar cosmos may be fairy-free and godless, but at least, Toy Story 4 suggests, a parent — sorry, a toy — who serves long and honorably might deserve a few RV trips and cruises with his squeeze before the end. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Toy Story 4’s Nursery Stoicism," 11 July 2019 The Ahmarists don’t want to share the public square with the godless and think the French types are naive for believing that pluralism will ever work for conservatives. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Conservative Christians in the US are battling about whether to fight nice," 17 June 2019 Despite the decade’s influx of godless movie people and their trailing entourage of wannabes and hangers-on, the city had remained a magnet for aging health-seekers, middle-class snowbirds, and retirees from the Midwest. Gary Krist, Los Angeles Magazine, "Why a Legendary East Coast Evangelist Chose Los Angeles for Her Pentecostal Empire," 7 May 2018 The pledge of allegiance originally omitted those two words until Congress, in an absurd response to godless communism, added them to the pledge in 1954. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Claims Credit for ‘One Nation Under God,’ Which Started in 1954," 3 May 2018 Those two additional words were meant to signify America’s distinction from the Soviet Union, which was viewed as the godless menace of the time. Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post, "The complicated history of ‘In God We Trust’ and other examples Trump gives of American religion," 8 Feb. 2018 These advisors to the presumably godless Donkey Party took a lot of credit for the Democratic victory in 2008, and began, well, cashing in. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Hillary Clinton’s Sexually Harassing ‘Faith Advisor’ Also Offered Bad Advice," 26 Jan. 2018 The Klan looked worried that their event was about to be commandeered by godless Nazis. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Little Führers Everywhere," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of godless

1528, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of godless

disapproving : not believing in God

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