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Meaning of ATHEISM

Pronunciation:  'eythee`izum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
  2. [n]  the doctrine or belief that there is no God

ATHEISM is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: godlessness
 Antonyms: theism
 See Also: disbelief, religious orientation, unbelief



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A"the*ism\, n. [Cf. F. ath['e]isme. See {Atheist}.]
1. The disbelief or denial of the existence of a God, or
   supreme intelligent Being.

         Atheism is a ferocious system, that leaves nothing
         above us to excite awe, nor around us to awaken
         tenderness.                           --R. Hall.

         Atheism and pantheism are often wrongly confounded.

2. Godlessness.

Thesaurus Terms
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