atheism

[ey-thee-iz-uhm]
noun
1.
the doctrine or belief that there is no God.
2.
disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings.

Origin:
1580–90; < Greek áthe(os) godless + -ism

antiatheism, adjective, noun
proatheism, noun
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atheism (ˈeɪθɪˌɪzəm)
 
n
rejection of belief in God or gods
 
[C16: from French athéisme, from Greek atheos godless, from a-1 + theos god]

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atheism
1580s, from Fr. athéisme (16c.), from Gk. atheos "without god" (see atheist).
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atheism [(ay-thee-iz-uhm)]

Denial that there is a God. (Compare agnosticism.)

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In the religious sphere, atheism was officially promoted and taught.
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