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Definition of Atheism

(noun) A lack of belief in the existence of deities or supernatural forces.

People who are Atheist

Atheism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: a·the·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /AY-thee-i-zuhm/
  • British English – /AY-thii-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈeɪθiˌɪzəm/
  • British English – /ˈeɪθiːɪz(ə)m/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: atheisms
  • The opposite of atheism is theism, which is a belief in deities or supernatural forces.
  • An (noun) atheist is an individual who (adverb) atheistically has (noun) atheistic or (noun) atheistical beliefs and expressed (noun) atheisticalness.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Atheism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “atheism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/atheism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

atheism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/atheism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “atheism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/atheism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“atheism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/atheism/>.