Origin of atheistMiddle French athéiste: see atheism
The definition of an atheist is a person who does not believe in the existence of any kind of God or higher power.
An example of an atheist is a person whose beliefs are based in science, such as the idea humans came from evolution rather than Adam and Eve.
a person who believes that there is no God
- (narrowly) A person who believes that no deities exist (especially, one who has no other religious belief).
- (broadly) A person who rejects belief that any deities exist (whether or not that person believes that deities do not exist).
- (loosely) A person who has no belief in any deities, such as a person who has no concept of deities.
- (loosely, uncommon) A person who does not believe in a particular deity (any deity in a particular pantheon), notwithstanding that they may believe in another deity.
(comparative more atheist, superlative most atheist)
- 350), surnamed "the Atheist," founder of an extreme sect of Arians, was a native of Coele-Syria.
- A common designation of Knox was " the atheist," although it was to him " matter of satisfaction that our most holy religion is founded on faith, not on reason."
- Feuerbach denied that he was rightly called an atheist, but the denial is merely verbal: what he calls "theism" is atheism in the ordinary sense.
- DIAGORAS, of Melos, surnamed the Atheist, poet and sophist, flourished in the second half of the 5th century B.C. Religious in his youth and a writer of hymns and dithyrambs, he became an atheist because a great wrong done to him was left unpunished by the gods.
- One of his teachers was the Cyrenaic Theodorus, called "the atheist," whose influence is clearly shown in Bion's attitude towards the gods.