1. [syn: atheism, godlessness]
2. a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Atheism \A"the*ism\, n. [Cf. F. ath['e]isme. See Atheist.]
1. The disbelief or denial of the existence of a God, or
supreme intelligent Being.
Atheism is a ferocious system, that leaves nothing
above us to excite awe, nor around us to awaken
tenderness. --R. Hall.
Atheism and pantheism are often wrongly confounded.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the doctrine or belief that there is no God [syn:
atheism, godlessness] [ant: theism]
2: a lack of belief in the existence of God or gods
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
31 Moby Thesaurus words for "atheism":
agnosticism, apostasy, backsliding, denial, desertion, disbelief,
discredit, faithlessness, fall from grace, gentilism, heresy,
impiety, impiousness, inability to believe, incredulity,
infidelity, irreligion, irreverence, lapse, lapse from grace,
minimifidianism, misbelief, nonbelief, nullifidianism, recidivism,
recreancy, rejection, secularism, unbelief, unbelievingness,