Atheism meaning

āthē-ĭzəm
Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.
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The belief that there is no God, or denial that God or gods exist.
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Godlessness.
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(narrowly) Belief that no deities exist (sometimes including rejection of other religious beliefs).
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(broadly) Rejection of belief that any deities exist (with or without a belief that no deities exist).
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(very broadly) Absence of belief that any deities exist (including absence of the concept of deities).
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(loosely, uncommon) Absence of belief in a particular deity, pantheon, or religious doctrine (notwithstanding belief in other deities).
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Origin of atheism

  • French athéisme from athée atheist from Greek atheos godless a- without a–1 theos god dhēs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 16th century French athéisme, from athée (“atheist”), a loan from Ancient Greek ἄθεος (átheos, “godless”), from ἀ- (a-, “without”) + θεός (theos, “deity, god”). First English attestation dates to 1587 (OED).

    From Wiktionary