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

Examples of atheism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism? Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism? Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2021 Even reason itself—the vaunted foundation of atheism—depends on faith. Michael Guillen, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2021 Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism? Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 3 Oct. 2021 However, Asimov gravitated to more humanist beliefs from an early age, and as an adult identified vocally with atheism until his death in 1992. Stephen Silver, sun-sentinel.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Why are Americans still uncomfortable with atheism? Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Nov 2021

Cite this Entry

“Atheism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atheism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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