atheist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj atheist related to or characterized by or given to atheism "atheist leanings"
    • n atheist someone who denies the existence of god
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Atheist A godless person.
    • Atheist One who disbelieves or denies the existence of a God, or supreme intelligent Being.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atheist One who denies the existence of God, or of a supreme intelligent being.
    • n atheist A godless man; one who disregards his duty to God. Synonyms Skeptic, Deist, etc. See infidel.
    • atheist Godless; atheistic: as, “the atheist crew,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atheist one who disbelieves in the existence of God
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Quotations

  • Brendan F. Behan
    Brendan F. Behan
    “I am a daylight atheist.”
  • William T. Cummings
    William T. Cummings
    “There are no atheists in foxholes.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “I'm an atheist and I thank God for it.”
  • Francis Thompson
    Francis Thompson
    “An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “How to trap an atheist: Serve him a fine meal, then ask him if he believes there is a cook.”
  • Aldous Huxley
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    “An atheist is a person who has no invisible means of support”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. without god; 'a priv. + god: cf. F. athéiste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. athéisme—Gr. a, neg., and theos, God.

Usage

In literature:

But we must not be atheists, as a friend said to me the other day.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
With such political ideas, I suppose your brother is an atheist, is he not?
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
A Christian is only restricted in the same sense that an atheist is restricted.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
He was indeed an atheist, which I can never be; or rather his religion was daemonism.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
There is no sign that he is in theory an atheist or even an unbeliever in the received religion.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
It is asked what motives has an atheist for doing right.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
Was the unburned temple of the atheist open?
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
It is often asserted that an atheist does not exist.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
To pity atheists who seek, for are they not unhappy enough?
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Without the Bible I should have been, I presume, either an idolater or an atheist.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
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In poetry:

The Atheist sure a fool must be
To risk a future prize
Because a soul he cannot see
With his material eyes.
"Extract From - Infidelity Its Own Punishment And Fidelity Its Own Happiness" by Joseph Hodgson
Fair one, 'tis yourself deceiving,
'Tis against your reason's laws;
Atheist-like (th' effect perceiving)
Still to disbelieve the cause.
"Songs Set To Music: 12. Set" by Matthew Prior
Let atheists scoff, and Jews blaspheme
Th' eternal life and Jesus' name;
A word of thy almighty breath
Dooms the rebellious world to death.
"Hymn 22 part 1" by Isaac Watts
When Man is the Turk, and the Atheist,
Essene, Erastian, Whig,
And the Thug and the Druse and the Catholic
And the crew of the Captain's gig.
"The Higher Unity" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
And all the while he thus blasphemed
My (solar) system went its round,
My heart beat on, my head still dreamed,--
But my poor atheist was drowned.
"The Animalcule On Man" by Richard Le Gallienne
The boiler was filled with lager beer
And the devil himself was the engineer;
The passengers were a most motley crew-
Church member, atheist, Gentile, and Jew,
"The Hell-Bound Train" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

A coalition of atheist groups in Spokane is trying to get the word out to other atheists who might feel they're on their own.
Atheist group launches ad campaign on Spokane buses.
"Freud's Last Session," which opens Thursday, posits a hypothetical meeting of the minds between Dr Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis and an avowed atheist , and C.S.
"There is no going back in to the ' atheist closet,'" wrote Griffith, who has also organized a local chapter of Military Atheists and Secular Humanists for like-minded soldiers and veterans.
The problem atheists have is the atheist groups, which I call the activist atheist organizations.
Today, less than 20 years after the collapse of the officially atheistic Soviet Union, Russia has emerged as the most God-believing nation in Europe.
This Easter it seems that atheists have a lot to rejoice about.
According to the latest data in the American Religious Identification Survey, the number of self-proclaimed atheists in America has nearly doubled since 2001 — from 900,000 to 1.6 million.
When an employer searches my full name, the first result they get is my old profile at a social networking site for atheists .
He's been avowed atheist ever since he was eight.
But the former House speaker seemed to conflate the two arguments over the weekend, suggesting that his grandchildren could eventually find themselves "in a secular atheist country" that is potentially dominated by "radical Islamists.
Reporters have provided a great deal of attention to these atheists , stoking the controversy over the existence of God.
Labeled "angry atheists " by believers, these authors and those who agree with them have been accused of not being able to get past their hate when dealing with religion.
People are always surprised when I say that I'm an atheist .
In expressing his tolerance, there's one group Hannemann doesn't mention: atheists .
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In science:

Curiously, whereas many religious persons are not CCS sufferers, many atheists are (one reason could well be that they grew in very religious families which implanted in their children’s minds strong impressions of the greatness and uniqueness of the human species)9 .
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
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