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

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  • 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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How to Cite the Definition of Atheism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “atheism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 16, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

atheism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “atheism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 16, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“atheism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Jun. 2019. <>.