Complete Definition of "atheist"

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Etymology
From F. term|athéiste (term|athée + term|-iste) < L. term|atheos < AGr. term|scpolytonic|ἄθεος|tratheos||godless, denying the gods < term|ἀ-|tra-||without + term|scpolytonic|θεός|tr=theos||god..

Pronunciation
IPA|/ˈeɪθiɪst/
audio|en-us-atheist.ogg|Audio (US)
Hyphenation: a·the·ist

Noun
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  1. A person who does not believe that deity|deities exist; one who lacks belief in gods.

#* 2006, Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, page 51:
#*: Atheists do not have faith; and reason alone could not propel one to total conviction that anything definitely does not exist.

  1. A person who believes that no deity|deities exist; one who deny|denies the existence of all gods.

Usage notes
sense|person who does not believe that deities exist Note the difference between the two senses. In general, those who identify themselves as atheists say they do not have a belief, while those who are believers identify atheists using the second sense, someone who denies the existence. This reflects the different underlying philosophies—the religious see belief or faith as valid; the non-religious do not. (This is the substance of the Dawkins quotation.)

Translations
trans-top|person who does not believe that deities exist
Czech: ateista f
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trans-top|person who believes that no deities exist
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Albanian: ateist
Catalan: ateu m atea f
Chinese:

Estonian: ateist
Finnish: ateisti
French: t+|fr|athée|m|f
German: Atheist m; Atheistin f
Greek: t+|el|άθεος|m|scGrek (átheos) m, t+|el|αθεϊστής|m|scGrek (atheïstís)
Hungarian: ateista
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Interlingua: atheo m, athea f
Italian: ateo m, ateista m|f
Japanese: 無神論者 (むしんろんじゃ)
Kurdish: KUchar|کافر
Latin: atheos
Polish: ateista m, ateistka f
Portuguese: t|pt|ateu|m, t|pt|atéia|f
Russian: атеист m атеистка f
Romanian: ateu m atee f
Slovene: ateist m, ateistka f
Spanish: t+|es|ateo|m, t-|es|atea|f
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Related terms
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agnostic
agnosticism
atheism
atheistic
atheophobia
belief
deist
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deity
monotheist
pandeist
pantheist
polytheist
theist
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Category:Words with alpha privatives

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