(comparative more atheous, superlative most atheous)
- 1612, Joseph Hall, “The Sages and the Star”, in Contemplations upon the principal passages of the holie storie:
- It is an ignorant conceit, that enquiry into nature should make men atheous: no man is so apt to see the star of Christ, as a diligent disciple of philosophy.
- 1671, John Milton, Paradise regain'd, a poem in IV books: to which is added Samson Agonistes, London: John Starkey, OL 13564188M, The First Book, page 487:
- Thy Father, who is holy, wiſe and pure,Suffers the Hypocrite or Atheous PrieſtTo tread his Sacred Courts...
- 1792, David Lloyd, The Voyage of Life: A Poem. in Nine Books, volume 3, C. Dilly, page 46:
- In atheous men conscience becomes a scourge.
From Ancient Greek ἄθεος (atheos, “without God/gods”). See atheist.